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British temperature 'could rise by up to 7F' - Telegraph

Prof Watson, the chief scientific adviser to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said the EU commitment to limit any temperature rise to 3.5F (2C) is ambitious and Britain should instead plan for a worst-case scenario.

"There is no doubt that we should aim to limit changes in the global mean surface temperature to 2C above pre-industrial," he told the Guardian.

"But given this is an ambitious target, and we don't know in detail how to limit greenhouse gas emissions to realise a 2 degree target, we should be prepared to adapt to 4C."

Of course there is a possibility that temperatures over some undetermined future timescale may rise 4 degrees, they may also fall four degrees, in fact they may do nearly anything - the sceptic argument is what is the real probability looking at as much hard science as we can and what are the costs of any preparation, can they be justified. Do you carry an umbrella with you at all times just in case you get caught in a sudden shower?

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Given an indeterminate time, assuming the sun does its white dwarf - red dawrf - red giant - black hole thing it's gonna rise a hell of a lot more than a mere 7 degrees (F or C).

"The University of East Anglia has appointed Dr Bob Watson, environment advisor to the World Bank, as a new research professor from 1 August 2007 on an open appointment. Professor Watson will move full-time to the UK and one of his primary roles at UEA will be to help the strategic development of the Centre into the period beyond 2009." (UEA Press Release at the time)

(The Climate Research Unit (CRU) is based here of course, as is the Hadley Centre so he teamed up with Phil Jones et al).

More on Bob Watson:
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn2191
Top climate scientist ousted, 19 April 2002, NewScientist.com news service

CV from World Bank:
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20025869~menuPK:34490~pagePK:36880~piPK:36882,00.html (link no longer active)
Dr. Robert T. Watson is the Chief Scientist and Director for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) at the World Bank.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Watson was Associate Director for Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President in the White House. Prior to joining the Clinton White House, Dr. Watson was Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist for the Office of Mission to Planet Earth at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). (I think the title says it all...)

He was appointed to his current job after the sudden announcement that founding Director, Mike Hulme, was leaving for " a year's sabbatical". (He had been going off message for some time). Co-incidentally Al Gore had been in the UK not long before Watson's appointment. I doubt there would have been an advert for the job, but I haven't looked that deep.

"The University of East Anglia has appointed Dr Bob Watson, environment advisor to the World Bank, as a new research professor from 1 August 2007 on an open appointment. Professor Watson will move full-time to the UK and one of his primary roles at UEA will be to help the strategic development of the Centre into the period beyond 2009." (UEA Press Release at the time)

He actually became the Director of Strategy at Tyndall Centre at UEA. The Climate Research Unit (CRU) is also based here of course, as is the Hadley Centre so he teamed up with Phil Jones et al).

More on Bob Watson:
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn2191
Top climate scientist ousted, 19 April 2002, NewScientist.com news service

CV from World Bank, (no longer on-line)

"Dr. Robert T. Watson is the Chief Scientist and Director for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) at the World Bank.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Watson was Associate Director for Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President in the White House. Prior to joining the Clinton White House, Dr. Watson was Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist for the Office of Mission to Planet Earth at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)." (I think the title says it all...)

He was appointed to his current job after the sudden announcement that founding Tyndall Director, Mike Hulme, was leaving for " a year's sabbatical". (He had been going off message for some time). Co-incidentally Al Gore had been in the UK not long before Watson's appointment. I doubt there would have been an advert for the job, but I haven't looked that deep.

Well, yes, I do carry an umbrella most of the time. But I still don't believe in global warming.

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