Shift­ing blame

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Mankind has had less ef­fect on glob­al­warm­ingth­anpre­vi­ously­sup­posed,aU.N.re­por­ton­cli­mat­e­change will say next year, ac­cord­ing to the Lon­don Sun­day Times.

TheU.N.In­ter­gov­ern­men­talPanel onCli­mateChange­saysthere­canbe lit­tle doubt that hu­mans are re­spon­si­ble for warm­ing the planet, but the or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­duced its over­all es­ti­mate of this ef­fect by 25 per­cent.

In a fi­nal draft of its fourth as­sess­ment re­port, to be pub­lished in Fe­bru­ary,thep­an­el­re­port­sthatthelevel of car­bon diox­ide in the at­mos­phere hasac­cel­er­ate­dinthep­ast­fiveyears. Ital­so­pre­dict­sthat­tem­per­a­tureswill rise by up to 4.5 de­grees Cel­sius dur­ingth­enex­t100years,bring­ing­more fre­quent heat waves and storms.

The panel, how­ever, has low­ered pre­dic­tions of how much sea lev­els will­ri­sein­com­par­ison­with­it­slas­tre­port in 2001.

Cli­mate-change skep­tics are ex­pected to seize on the re­vised fig­ures as ev­i­dence that ac­tion to com­bat global warm­ing is less ur­gent, the news­pa­per said.

Mean­while,Sen.JamesM.In­hofe, Oklahoma Repub­li­can and the out­go­ing chair­man of the En­vi­ron­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, an­nounced re­lease of a com­mit­tee book­let, “A Skep­tic’s Guide to De­bunk­ingGlob­alWarm­ingAlarmism. Hot & Cold Me­dia Spin Cy­cle: A Chal­lenge to Jour­nal­ists Who Cover Global Warm­ing.”

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