§ Mr. Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is his Department's current estimate of the rate of global warming; and what are their current predictions for 1998 and the subsequent five years. 66W
§ Angela Eagle
Over the next century, the rise in global average temperatures caused by the net effect of warming due to man-made emissions of greenhouse gases and cooling due to man-made sulphate particles is expected to be some 0.2 degrees Celsius per decade. This is the consensus view of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Due to the large natural variations in temperature between years, the Government does not make predictions of global average temperatures for specific future years.