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World Weather: Floods, Climate Change, Torrid Times …

  • January 22nd, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

storm-bom-australia.jpgThe World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) added to debate this week over climate change and the recent catastrophic weather in the Southern Hemisphere (see EUAustralia Online, “Torrid Times”, 14.1.11), affirming 2010 was one of the hottest years ever.

The United Nations affiliate said global average temperature had been 0.53 degrees above the 1961-90 mean, and close to or higher than the top years 1995 and 2005.

Records show it was otherwise as hot as 2010, only in 1850, (otherwise documented as a time of great political heat, following the wave of citizen revolts in European cities in 1848).

The 2010 trend was accompanied by more shrinkage of sea iced cover – the area in the Arctic the lowest on record.

The WMO said that with the build-up of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, the “2010 data confirm the Earth’s significant long-term warming trend”.

It made special reference to the severe floods in Pakistan, and extended heatwave and fires in Russia, during 2010.

Against continuing minority claims from within the scientific community and elsewhere, against the greenhouse evidence, it cited authoritative sources including the UK Meteorological Office, the US National Climatic Data Centre (NCDC), and the space agency NASA.

Reference

WMO, HK, “2010 equals record for world’s warmest year”, 20.1.11. http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/news/index_en.html, (21.1.11).

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Storm clouds, BOM Australia

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