‘Dutch climate is warming up twice as fast’

The Dutch climate is warming up twice as fast as other parts of the world, RTL news reported on Wednesday, quoting two unpublished studies.

According to news agency ANP, one of the studies quoted is a five-yearly research project by the KNMI weather bureau which is due to be presented on July 31.
‘One of the parts of that report focuses on the warming up of western Europe, which is taking place twice as fast as elsewhere,’ KNMI spokesman Cees Molenaars told ANP.
The change does not mean that the Netherlands is facing serious weather problems, RTL said. However, winters are becoming milder and spring is starting earlier. Rainfall is also increasing.
The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change IPCC says the earth’s climate is now 0.7 of a degree warmer than it was a century ago. But according to the KNMI, the average temperature in the Netherlands has risen 1.7 degrees, RTL says.
A string of weather records have been broken over the past few years, the tv programme pointed out. Autumn and winter 2006 were the warmest on record, as was spring 2007.

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