This data from the National Statistics online shows that global warming has been accelerating in the past 7 years.
Note 2006 and 2007 were also record hot years, with 2007 being the warmest on record.
The highest temperature on record was in 2003, when the thermometer reached 38.5 degrees.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that most of the temperature increases can be attribute to man made activities, like burning of fossil fuels.
Who knows what will happen in the future, but some predictions for global warming suggest temperatures could rise by 2-3 degrees having a significant impact on the UK economy and UK society.
In the biggest peer to peer group study of global warming, several different research groups all pointed to similar trends The warming figures they arrive at differ very slightly because each group uses its own dataset and does its own analysis, but they reveal a common trend. Since pre-industrial times, all point to a warming of around 0.75C. (from Berkeley Team)
Changes as a Result of Global Warming
- Traditional fish like Cod and haddock on the decrease, but growth in other types of fish who thrive in warm water (like Red Mullet) are on the increase(Guardian link)
- Increased range of areas which can grow warm weather crops such as grapes, tomatoes and melons
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