The February 2007 science report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that the world has warmed by an average of 076º Celsius since pre-industrial times and the temperature rise is accelerating. Sea levels rose almost twice as fast between 1993 and 2008 as during the previous three decades. Man made emissions of greenhouse gases are causing these changes.
The IPPC projects that, without action to limit emissions, the global average temperature is likely to increase further by 1.8º to 4ºC this century. We cannot allow this to happen. The European Union considers it vital to prevent global warming of more than 2ºC above the pre-industrial level. There is considerable scientific evidence that, beyond this threshold, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes could occur.