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Climate change: man-made greenhouse gas ‘very likely the cause’ say Met Office

A review of the latest climate research confirms our planet is changing rapidly and man-made greenhouse gas emissions are very likely to be the cause, says the Met Office.

The long-term changes, from shifts in rainfall patterns to a decline in Arctic sea-ice, follow the pattern of expected climate change and bear the ‘fingerprint’ of human influence, providing the clearest evidence yet that human activity is impacting our climate.

Peter Stott, Head of Climate Monitoring and Attribution at the Met Office, said: “Recent advances in observational data and the way it is analysed give us a better insight into the climate system than ever before. This has allowed us to identify changes in our climate and disentangle natural variability from the results.

“The science reveals a consistent picture of global change that clearly bears the fingerprint of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. This shows the evidence of climate change has gone beyond temperature increases – it is now visible across our climate system and all regions of the planet. Our climate is changing now and it’s very likely human activity is to blame.”

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