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Wildlife warning as autumn temperatures hit new high

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Old Tuesday 28th November 2006, 11:28   #1
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Wildlife warning as autumn temperatures hit new high


Matt Weaver
Monday November 27, 2006
Guardian Unlimited


Environment campaigners today issued new warnings about the impact of climate change on Britain's wildlife as figures showed this autumn is almost certain to be the warmest on record.
With only three days left until autumn officially ends, average UK temperatures for September, October and November look set to break the 12C mark for the first time.

The previous highest temperature for autumn in central England was 11.8C, set in 1731.

A spokesman for the Met Office said it is "virtually certain" that this autumn will be the warmest for 300 years, and the forecast for the next few days is for further mild weather.


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The last time a seasonal average temperature was broken was in summer 1976, the spokesman added. He said it is "possible" that 2006 could be the warmest year on record, despite the cold spring.
"It needs to be a relatively warm December to make the record, but the long-range forecast is for the mild weather to continue," he said. "It is touch and go at this stage."

The current annual record for average temperatures is 10.63C, recorded in 1990 and 1999.

Nick Rau, the Friends of the Earth energy and climate campaigner, said this year's temperatures were not, on their own, enough to prove global warming was happening.

"All the figures are pointing in the same direction," he added. "The climate is become increasingly chaotic, and we're breaking record after record. "It is causing a worrying impact on the natural world, which is now out of sync with a climate that it has adapted to over millions of years."

Mr Rau said the warmer temperatures were hampering efforts to conserve certain kinds of wildlife in special protection areas, because species were migrating to other parts of the country.

He said more catastrophic changes such as the decline in seabird populations recorded in 2004 when sandeels, their main source of food, were driven away from the UK coast by rising water temperatures, could take place.
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And I thought only farmers always complain about climate - too cold, too warm, too wet, too dry.
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Old Tuesday 28th November 2006, 15:06   #3
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And I thought only farmers always complain about climate - too cold, too warm, too wet, too dry.
Not so funny here in Poland too - almost the whole month (NOV), despite cold start, was foggy, wet and warm. I'd say more UK style than central Europe.
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Czesc TomQ,

Here I love it - warm, sunny, nice. Robins and Blackbirds sing.

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