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Propelled by the largest single-year increase in carbon dioxide in three decades, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached record highs in 2013, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on Tuesday.
As you raise a glass this New Year’s Eve, you may want to toast to 2013 as being one of the warmest years since modern records began in 1850.
While we learned earlier this year that 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, this week we were greeted with news that greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, hit record highs in that same year.
Regardless of whether it was caused by human activity or not, the UN is reporting the last decade was the warmest on record in both hemispheres for both land and sea.
The United Nations’ official weather agency has announced that last year saw record-low levels of Arctic sea ice as well as other troubling signs of changing global climate patterns.
“Watching the Weather to Protect Life and Property” is the theme of this year’s annual World Meteorological Day, which is being commemorated by climate scientists internationally on Saturday.
The year 2010 is on track to be one of the three hottest years on record, capping off a record-setting decade that provides further evidence that the planet is warming.
The head of the World Meteorological Organization said at the UN climate talks Tuesday that the first decade of the 21st century is set to be the warmest on record.
UN meteorologists say the cooling effect of the La Nina current in the Pacific will cause global temperatures to drop slightly this year. Global temperatures havenâ€™t risen since 1998, leaving many to question the climate change theory.
There is growing evidence of a link between global warming and natural disasters such as droughts and flooding, the head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday.