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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Global warming worse than IPCC prediction

New data shows that from 2000 to 2007, greenhouse gas emissions increased far more rapidly than was expected, primarily because developing countries, like China and India, saw a huge surge in electric power generation, almost all of it based on coal. Chris Field, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

According to Chris Field, the trend was likely to continue if more countries turned to coal and other carbon-intensive fuels to meet their energy needs. If so, he said the impact of climate change would be “more serious and diverse” than the IPCC's most recent predictions.

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