"It is now plain that the emission of greenhouse gases... is causing global warming at a rate that is
unsustainable", writes Tony Blair in the preface to the UK government report which concludes that "there is only a small chance of greenhouse gas emissions being kept below dangerous levels." When questioned about this report on Radio 4 Margaret Beckett, environment minister, states "we could come to a tipping point where change could be irreversible."
This is not the much-publicised Stern Report of October, but an earlier report, Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change,published by the UK government in January of this year, based on research presented by speakers at a conference held by the UK Meteorological Office in February 2005. (BBC Online,30 January).