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.”