06 Dec 2010 12:12:09
Met Office revises climate change effect predictions
The Met Office has dramatically revised predictions made about the impact climate change will have on rising sea levels.
A new report by the organisation has effectively halved the "worst case scenario" for rising sea levels from 13ft to 6ft 6ins. The most likely increase in sea levels is still expected to sit between eight and 23 ins.
Predictions that the Arctic conveyor belt is slowing, which would cause a dramatic drop in temperatures in the UK, have also been played down. The Met Office said a sudden slowdown is not likely to happen this century.
The findings follow on from those reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007.
Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice, commented: "In most cases, our new understanding has reinforced results from the IPCC report – and the degree of impact is about the same."
She added: "The evidence of the dangerous impacts of climate change is now clearer than ever."
The IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Association in 1988 to offer a scientific evaluation of climate change.