Adam Vaughan of the Guardian reports on international data that indicate we just passed through one of the hottest years on record. He reports:
2013 was the sixth warmest year since records began more than 160 years ago, tying with 2007, the UN’s weather agency said on Wednesday.
The World Meteorological Organisation analysed the three main global records of surface temperatures, from the UK’s Met Office and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA in the US, and said last year was 0.5C above the 1961-1990 average.
2010 was the warmest year on record, and 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred in the 21st century. Some parts of the globe were exceptionally hot in 2013, however – Australia experienced its warmest year ever.
Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the WMO, said: “The global temperature for the year 2013 is consistent with the long term warming trend. The rate of warming is not uniform but the underlying trend is undeniable. Given the record amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, global temperatures will continue to rise for generations to come.”
He added: “Our action – or inaction – to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases will shape the state of our planet for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
NOAA’s temperature data earlier pegged 2013 at the fourth warmest on record.
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