Global Warming Worse Than Thought

The climate is heating up far faster than scientists predicted, a top climate scientist has said. Chris Field, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said it is being spurred on by sharp increases in greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries like China and India. "The consequence of that is we are basically looking now at a future climate that is beyond anything that weve considered seriously," Mr Field said. "The actual trajectory of climate change is more serious" than any of the climate predictions in the IPCCs fourth assessment report, Climate Change 2007. He said recent climate studies suggested the continued warming of the planet from greenhouse gas emissions could set off large, destructive wildfires in tropical rain forests and melt permafrost in the Arctic, releasing billions of tons of greenhouse gasses that could raise global temperatures even more.