Whilst short term predictions can go off colour, often by the track of a low shifting, long term predictions which swallow up trillions based on promoting fear and alarm are unforgivable when wrong. Julia Slingo is lucky she walks freely and has not been imprisoned for fraud, let alone still has a job.
New climate projections underline the need to prepare the UK for a warmer future and to take action now to limit the severity of change, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced today.The UK Climate Projections 2009 (UKCP09) confirm that the UK is likely to see hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters coupled with more frequent extreme weather such as flooding, heatwaves and droughts.
Julia Slingo in 2013
After a winter in which temperatures dropped as low as −15.6C, Dr Julia Slingo told ITV News global warming may be responsible for the extreme weather…”If this is how climate change could manifest itself, then we need to understand that as a matter of urgency “We are beginning to think that our climate is being disrupted by the warming of the artic that we’ve observed very dramatically since 2007.”It definitely seems like the warming of the arctic is “loading the dice” over cold dry winters.”
Any business who has paid for Met Office services for long term strategic planning should at least consider legal recourse, especially in light of these comments just four years ago.
Met Office Chief Scientist, Julia Slingo, said: “Through UKCP09 the Met Office has provided the world’s most comprehensive regional climate projections with a unique assessment of the possible changes to our climate through the rest of this century. For the first time businesses and authorities have the tools to help them make risk-based decisions to adapt to the challenges of our changing climate.”
Any business that pays the Met Office would do well to reconsider funding such quackery.