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Support Growing for Climate Change Link with Recent Storms

February 19, 2014
Environmental Protection

stormA recent survey undertaken by ICM for global civic organisation Avaaz has revealed that 46% of respondents feel that the severity of the recent storms was a result of climate change. Of the 2,000 people who took part, only 27% did not agree. Separate research by YouGov shows that interest in the environment as a major issue in the UK has jumped from 6% to 23% in the last month.

While some scientists do not wish to make a direct link, Dame Julia Slingo from the Met Office admitted, “All the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change.” In the US, Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the window of time to address climate change is running out. At the same time, research presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago has shown that there may be significant changes occurring in the jet stream that governs weather over Northern Europe and North America.

With records showing the five wettest and seven warmest years on record in the UK have all occurred since 2000, Lord Stern, the author of the 2006 report The Economics of Climate Change, is convinced more action is needed. He told The Guardian newspaper, “If we do not cut emissions, we face even more devastating consequences, as unchecked they could raise global average temperature to 4ºC or more above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.”