Monday, September 23, 2013

Pachauri: "I don't think there is a slowdown (in the rate of temperature increase)."

BBC News - Human role in warming 'more certain' - UN climate chief
[Pachauri] also dismissed suggestions of a slowdown in global warming.

"There’s definitely an increase in our belief that climate change is taking place and that human beings are responsible,” he told me.

 I would like to draw your attention to the World Meteorological Organization which clearly stated on the basis of observations that the first decade of this century has been the warmest in recorded history.
Prof Pachauri’s leadership of the panel has been strongly supported by developing countries, although he has faced criticism in the West. He told me he had no plans to retire after the forthcoming report.
...I hope that [the report] will reassure [odd word choice, am I right?] everyone that human influence is having a major impact on the Earth's climate.”
Prof Pachauri said he anticipated attempts to discredit the panel. But he claimed evidence of extreme events was persuading more and more people, especially in the US, that humans were taking a risk with the climate.
Indeed, the report is expected to say it is very likely that manmade climate change has produced higher precipitation in America.
"Hopefully,” he said, “there are enough sane and sensible people in the public who will ultimately prevail."

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