All 11 hottest years were in last 13: UK Met Office|
Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:55pm EST
LONDON (Reuters) - The 11 warmest years on record have all occurred in the
last 13 years, with 2007 set to be the seventh hottest since 1950, according to
provisional global data from the UK's Met Office and the University of East
The top eight hottest years since global records began are all this century,
except the hottest of all, 1998, when the mean global temperature was 0.52
degrees Celsius above the long-term average for 1961-1990.
The announcement comes as the European Union clashed with the United States
over Washington's resistance to setting global targets for fighting climate
change at U.N. talks in Bali.
Scientists and politicians are in Indonesia to discuss how to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions blamed for increasing global temperatures.
"The last few days have provided an important platform for debate and
confirms the need for swift action to combat further rises in global
temperatures because of human behavior," Vicky Pope from the Met Office's Hadley
Centre, who has been attending the conference, said in a statement on
The last time annual mean global temperatures were below the long-term
average was in 1985, the Hadley Centre, the UK's leading climate research body,
said on Thursday. Mean surface air temperatures have continued on an upward
trend ever since.
According to global temperature data for January to November, 2007 is on
track to be 0.41 degrees Celsius above the long-term average and would probably
have been even hotter had it not been for the cooling effect of the La Nina
"The year began with a weak El Nino -- the warmer relation of La Nina -- and
global temperatures well above the long-term average," Phil Jones, director of
UEA's Climatic Research Unit, said. "However, since the end of April the La Nina
event has taken some of the heat out of what could have been an even warmer
(Reporting by Daniel Fineren, editing by Anthony Barker)
Original article: Reuters
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