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WWF supports experimental climate prediction model

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18 September 2003
Gland, Switzerland - WWF is supporting a new climate prediction experiment launched recently in the UK in an effort to contribute to what is expected to be "the world's most comprehensive probability-based forecast of 21st-century climate". The experiment is a collaboration between the universities of Oxford and Reading, the Meteorological Office, the Open University, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and a software company, all in the UK. It is expected to involve two million people around the world and produce a probable forecast for the global climate in the 21st century. The results of the experiment will be sent via the internet. The simulations will be used to test different model versions and the results will be collated to predict the 21st century climate. "We can't predict which versions of the model will be any good without running these simulations, and there are far too many for us to run them ourselves," said Dr Myles Allen, of the University of Oxford. "Together, participants' results will give us an overall picture of how much human influence has contributed to recent climate change and the range of possible changes in the future." "WWF supports all science that can help us understand the climate and how it is going to change," said Jennifer Morgan, Director of WWF’s Climate Change Programme. "But more research must not delay action: while climate research is being conducted, we must reduce the emissions of the main climate changing gas, carbon dioxide, now." Through its PowerSwitch initiative, WWF is challenging electric utilities to switch from coal to clean power. Emissions released by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas, build up in the atmosphere, blanket the Earth and trap in heat, causing global warming. The power sector, which produces 37 per cent of global CO2 emissions — the biggest single source of emissions — is crucial in making deep CO2 cuts over the next two decades in order to stop global temperatures rising above the danger threshold of 2 degrees Celsius. For further information: Martin Hiller WWF Climate Change Programme Tel. +41 22 3649226 e-mail: MHiller@wwfint.org