Warning of rising seas alarmist and wrongDecember 6th, 2010 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 6 (IANS) Predictions that global warming could cause sea levels to rise by six feet in the next century are alarmist and wrong.
The forecast made by the influential 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which would have seen cities around the world submerged by water, now looks “unlikely”.
The 2007 analysis was criticised last year after it was found to have wrongly claimed Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.
A Met Office study in Britain also rules out the shutdown of the Atlantic Ocean’s conveyor belt, which would trigger Arctic winters in Britain like those seen in the film “The Day After Tomorrow”, reports the Daily Mail.
The new Met Office report is the first serious attempt to update the science of global warming since the publication of the IPCC Fourth Assessment.
The new government-funded study says the worst case scenario is now a one-metre (3.3 ft) rise. However, the report says the IPCC was right to warn of a sea level rise of up to two feet by 2100, and that a three-feet rise could happen.
The IPCC underestimated the danger posed by the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and the release of methane from warmer wetlands, the report adds.
Vicky Pope, head of climate science at the Met Office, said: “In most cases, our new understanding has reinforced results from the IPCC report - and the degree of impact is about the same.”
The Met Office analysis comes as world ministers meet in Cancun, Mexico, for the second week of the UN climate change talks.
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