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U.N. says there's no stopping global warming  Mike Johnston
 Feb 02, 2007 09:54 PST 
Report also says climate change is 'very likely' the result of human
activities. By Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer February 2, 2007
In the strongest language it has ever used, a United Nations panel says
global warming is "very likely" caused by human activities and has
become a runaway train that cannot be stopped.The warming of Earth and
increases in sea levels "would continue for centuries … even if
greenhouse gas concentrations were to be stabilized," according to a
20-page summary of the report that was leaked to wire services.The
summary of the fourth report by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, or IPCC, was scheduled for release this morning in
Paris. But scientists involved in the final editing process have been
leaking bits and pieces from it all week, culminating in the leaking of
the full report eight hours before its release.The phrase "very likely"
indicates a 90% certainty. The last IPCC report, issued five years ago,
said it was "likely" that human activity was at fault, indicating a
certainty of 66%.Many scientists had argued during the editing process
that the report should say it is "virtually certain" that human
activities are causing global warming. That would indicate a 99%

Posted By Mike Johnston to H2OPower at 2/02/2007 12:26:00 PM
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