Around The Globe, 2007 Is On Track To Be A Year Of
U.N. agency: Global surface temperatures have broken records this year
World Meteorological Organization says climate change probably manmade
Unusual flooding has hurt Asia, Europe, Africa in 2007
The Midwest in the U.S. is suffering from record heat now
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Extreme weather has plagued the globe this year, a U.N. agency says, causing some of the
highest temperatures on record.
The World Meteorological Organization said "global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be
ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880," according to the United Nations.
WMO said temperatures were 1.89 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than average for January and 1.37
degrees C (2.45 degrees F) higher than average for April.
The agency found that climate warming was unequivocal and most likely "due to human activities such as the burning
of fossil fuels."
Here are some of the extreme instances the
United Nations cites:
Four monsoon depressions, double the normal number, caused heavy flooding in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. On Monday,
floodwaters receded in parts of South Asia, but the death toll rose to 347, officials said.
Millions remain displaced and homeless, and authorities fear waterborne disease could spread. Indian officials say more
than 1,200 people have died in their country alone since monsoon season began in June.
England and Wales have experienced their wettest May-to-July period since record-keeping started in 1766. In late July,
swollen rivers threatened to burst their banks. At least eight people died during weeks of torrential rain, and thousands
were without tap water.
Late last month in Sudan,
floods and heavy rain caused 23,000 mud brick homes to collapse, killing at least 62 people. The rainfall was abnormally
heavy and early for this time of the year.
In May, swell waves up to 15 feet high swept into 68 islands in the
Maldives, causing severe flooding and damage. Also in May, a heat wave swept across Russia.
Southeastern Europe did not escape the unusual weather. The area suffered record-breaking heat in June and July.
An unusual cold southern winter brought wind, blizzards and rare snowfall to various parts of
South America, with
temperatures reaching as low as 7 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-22 degrees Celsius) in Argentina and 0 degrees Fahrenheit
(-18 Celsius) in Chile in July.
In June, South Africa
had its first significant snowfall since 1981, as almost 10 inches (25 centimeters) of the white stuff fell in some
parts of the country.
And in the United States, temperatures climbed into the triple digits this week in Midwestern states.
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