17 Nov 2009 09:11:03
Carbon emissions must stop, says Met Office
Carbon emissions will have to be wiped out by the end of the 21st century, the Met Office has warned.
Failure to do so will result in the mean global temperature rising by more than two degrees Celsius, which could have disastrous effects for the planet.
The forecast is based on the findings of a study conducted by the Met Office in Exeter using a new climate mitigation scenario to identify the reduction of emissions needed to be achieved in order to prevent the irreversible effects of climate change.
Dan Norris, minister for rural affairs and environment, said: "The revolutionary UK Climate Projections 2009 that we launched last summer, based on Met Office science, showed that not only do we need to tackle the causes of climate change but also that we must deal with the consequences."
Researchers from 66 institutes across Europe worked on the study for five years before presenting their findings at a symposium at the Met Office in Exeter.
"I'm delighted that the Met Office is hosting this symposium. It reinforces the leadership role that the UK and other member states are playing in international climate science and policy," added Mr Norris.
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