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Global Warming

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent scientific evidence his Department has evaluated on global warming. (270310)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last reported in 2007. Since then my Department has evaluated evidence from numerous peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings and research by the Met Office Hadley Centre. It is clear that some climate change impacts associated with human activities are happening even more quickly than previously expected, for example in the Arctic, and that, while natural temperate variations caused some temporary cooling in 2007 and 2008, the overall trend remains upward.