Mercury rising?

GLOBAL temperatures will rise sharply in the future to unprecedented and unexpected levels as the direct result of environment degradation, according to new findings by two research teams in Australia and United States.

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Published: Thu 25 May 2006, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:20 PM

The reports suggest that global warming could lead to the world getting six degrees hotter over the next century, far higher than earlier predictions. While global warming is a fact of nature and direct result of the so-called green house gasses or industrial pollution, you have heard so much and so contradictory in nature lately on the issue that you tend to get sceptical of these frequent predictions.

Global warming is especially difficult to prove either way in the absence of old records. Few countries have weather history dating back to 19th or 18th century. Only some advanced countries in Europe and America have such records in their possession to draw any definite conclusions and prove that the world is indeed hot today or otherwise. That is, we don't have to be surprised by the recent heat wave across Europe or similar weather fluctuations in the future. This isn't something new and has been happening, long before new technology came along. So maybe we should pause and ponder, before we rush to complain about rising mercury.

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