Happy New Year 1. A combination of climate change and the El Niño is set to make 2007 the warmest year on record, one of Britain’s leading climate experts has warned.
The warning comes from Professor Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The forecast for the next 12 months is of extreme global weather patterns which could bring drought to Indonesia and leave California under a deluge.
Professor Jones said the long-term trend of global warming will be exacerbated by the arrival of El Niño, the phenomenon caused by above-average sea temperatures in the Pacific.
Combined, they are set to bring extreme conditions across the globe and make 2007 warmer than 1998, the hottest year on record. Professor Jones said: “El Niño makes the world warmer and we already have a warming trend that is increasing global temperatures by one to two tenths of a degrees celsius per decade. Together, they should make 2007 warmer than last year and it may even make the next 12 months the warmest year on record.”