Sunday 18 March 2018

Chill is cold comfort for climate experts

A man walks through deep snow near Castleton, North Yorkshire. Photo: PA
A man walks through deep snow near Castleton, North Yorkshire. Photo: PA

Michael McCarthy in London

DESPITE a snowy November and last winter being the coldest for more than 30 years, evidence for a warming planet caused by human actions has grown in the past year, the British Met Office said yesterday.

There was "overwhelming" evidence of warming in a wide range of climate indicators, not just surface temperature, scientists said, although the rate of warming in the past 10 years had slowed compared with previous decades.

The Met Office released its report as the most widespread November snowfall for 17 years gripped Britain. The icy conditions highlighted the Met Office's explanation yesterday of why the rate of climate change seems to have slowed, a fact sometimes seized on by global warming sceptics.

It can be explained by the natural variability of the climate, researchers said, while other factors may include a decrease in solar activity, and the increase in atmospheric aerosols -- fine particles of substances such as sulphur, emitted from power stations, which reflect back the sunlight.

According to the data, 2010 is likely to prove either the world's hottest or second-hottest year on record. (© Independent News Service)

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