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Global Warming Effect Found Evident in Korea  Mike Johnston
 Feb 09, 2007 11:20 PST 
By Bae Ji-sookStaff reporter
The average temperature of Korea has gone at twice the speed of that of
the world over the past 80 years, the Korean Meteorological
Administration (KMA) said yesterday.

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report
on world climate change on Feb. 2 to discuss a plan to deal with the
warming effect and possible disasters.

From 1912 to 1920, the annual average temperature on the Korean
Peninsula was 12 degrees Celsius, but between 1991 and 2000, it jumped
to 13.5 degrees, showing an increase of 1.5 degrees in 80 years. This
is twice the IPCC report's figure of the world's 0.74 degrees.

Lee Man-ki, director of KMA, said that winter has become shorter by a
month over the 80 year period, which is a definite sign of a warming

The organization has calculated what the climate would be like after
100 years using a super computer, and found that if the carbon dioxide
levels keep increasing at the current rate, the temperature will rise
by 6 degrees and rainfall will jump by 30 percent.

``This year, the average temperature will be 0.5 degrees higher than
before at 12.4 degrees,'' Lee said.

The KMA forecast that this summer will be the hottest, even hotter than
1998, which is recorded as the hottest year in Korean forecast history.
``There will be more than 9.8 days of tropical nights,'' said Shin
Soon-ho, the administration's forecast policy division.

Posted By Mike Johnston to H2OPower at 2/09/2007 02:15:00 PM
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