New Met Office figures have suggested that global warming has stalled over the last two decades.
While the results don't contradict long-term climate change, they do indicate that by 2017 temperatures will have remained practically the same for 20 years. Scientists have pointed out however that factors such as ocean current patterns are likely to be responsible for this stagnant period and that in the long-term temperatures are still set to rise.
"As with all areas of science, our knowledge is continually increasing and it is therefore not surprising that our models and predictive skill will continue to improve," the Met Office has stated. "The fact that the new model predicts less warming, globally, for the coming five years does not necessarily tell us anything about long-term predictions of climate change for the coming century."
"A new scientific model has revised previous figures for the next five years downwards by around a fifth."
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