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Date published: 2005/06/14

The BBC says:

Huge swathes of England could take on a Mediterranean look within 50 years as native woodlands are threatened by warmer, drier summers, say scientists.

Olive groves, vines and sunflower fields could become hallmarks of the landscape in South-East England as global warming changes conditions.

Experts also say the English country garden is unlikely to survive in the South East in its present form.

Rolling lawns and herbaceous borders may be ousted by palms and eucalyptus.

By 2050 summer temperatures in the South-East of England are expected to be 1.5 to 3C warmer than they are now.

This could rise to 6C by 2080 if current global warming trends continue. Meanwhile rainfall will be cut by a third.

Scientists, at a two-day climate change conference at the University of Surrey in Guildford, conjured a picture more reminiscent of the South of France than the South Downs as they looked at the implications of global warming for Britain's native trees.

Nothing new here at all. And think what the beach front properties in north Cambridge will be worth when the Fens are once more under water and the climate is near Mediterranean. So the news is not all bad.

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