CLIMATE change is likely to be markedly less severe than forecast, a study claimed yesterday.
But the study emerged as other scientists said winter waves pounding the Scottish and Irish coasts have grown by up to 5ft 6in over the past 70 years.
Rising sea levels and more intense storms are in line with global warming forecasts.
The study questioning the future intensity was based on analysing the warming effect of greenhouse gases and other drivers from the mid 9th century.
It forecast that future warming will be between 30 per cent and 45 per cent lower than suggested by simulations carried out by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The study in the Journal of Climate predicts rises of 1.66C compared to one IPCC forecast of 3.1C and 1.33C compared to another study predicting 1.9C.
Nicholas Lewis, one of the author, said “future warming is likely to be substantially lower than the central computer model-simulated level projected.”
However, scientists at Plymouth University said average winter wave heights along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe have been rising for seven decades.
Source: Express UK