Britain flooded

Heatwaves that kill thousands, tropical-style storms and widespread flooding could be regular features of Britain’s climate within a generation if global warming is not checked, according to the Met Office.

Southern Europe would become unbearable in the summer, destroying the tourism industry and making it impossible to grow staple crops like durum wheat for pasta in Italy and fruit and vegetables in Spain.

The findings come from the five-year Ensembles Project, paid for by the European Commission and led by the Met Office. It has brought together scientists from 66 institutions around the world.

John Mitchell, director of climate science at the Met Office, said that the research highlighted the importance of a global deal on climate change.

“This latest research emphasises the necessity to make drastic cuts in emissions as quickly as possible if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. It highlights the importance of the negotiations that will take place in Copenhagen in December,” he said.

The Telegraph, 17 Nov 2009

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