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Weather service warns climate change is real

The Local · 27 Apr 2010, 15:21

Published: 27 Apr 2010 15:21 GMT+02:00

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“The history of climate change does not need to be rewritten,” DWD president Wolfgang Kusch said during the organisation’s annual climate conference in Berlin. “Despite its changeable journey, the climate train has a clear destination. It’s going uphill.”

Despite a brutally cold winter, DWD figures showed that the average 2009 temperature of 9.2 degrees Celsius was the 13th warmest since 1881 and 0.9 degrees above the average for the reference period of 1961-1990.

While these figures didn’t break any records, a few years without record-high temperatures do not signal an end to the trend, Kusch said.

“Therefore we must, as before, put all effort into the reduction of greenhouse gasses and even today orient ourselves to the consequences of climate change,” he added.

Kusch also referred to recent criticism about methods by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), saying that while some complaints may be legitimate, mistakes made at the organisation do not call collective scientific data into question.

“Every mistake is one too many and must be corrected,” Kusch said. “But the results of the last IPCC report are still valid – we must act!”

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In this spirit, the DWD announced it would increase research efforts in the field at its new Climate Data Centre (CDC). It also planned to add a new “Climate Atlas,” which helps users project climate scenarios for the past, present and future.

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Your comments about this article

16:43 April 27, 2010 by William Thirteen
hmmm...what say you, poor spellers?
22:47 April 27, 2010 by Hebbellover
Blah Blah Blah...COme back to me when you can predict the weather a week out!
08:56 April 28, 2010 by The-ex-pat
Blah Blah Blah...COme back to me when you can predict the weather a week out!

A week, the can't get it right for tomorrow or the day after!
15:51 April 28, 2010 by Essertpitay
Is this from the same people who got it all wrong about the "elusive" volcano ashes ?!?...

Remember Y2K, and the world was going to run at a standstill...Biggest con ever pulled...
06:21 May 1, 2010 by aelfheld
Every time the global warming advocates get caught in yet another bunch of lies, they always come back with "even so, it's really, really happening".
17:04 May 10, 2010 by clagenhop
Wake up people. This is a hoax designed to get you to spend more money on scientists and allow the government to control more of your life. Just say no to bogus science.
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