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|The first decade of this century has
been, by far, the warmest decade on the instrumental record.
New figures released today in Copenhagen show that — despite 1998
being the warmest individual year — the last ten years have clearly
been the warmest period in the 160-year record of global surface
temperature, maintained jointly by the Met Office Hadley Centre and
the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.
Similar results are revealed in the independent analyses made by the
United State National Climatic Data Center and NASA’s Goddard
Institute for Space Studies.
These figures highlight that the world continues to see global
temperature rise, most of which is due to increasing emissions of
greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and clearly shows that the
argument that global warming has stopped is flawed.
Separately, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has today
revealed that 2009 looks set to become another top-ten warm year
according to latest figures, with a provisional warming of 0.44 °C
above the long-term average of 14.0 °C
2009 has been warmer than 2008, owing to the emergence of El Niño
conditions in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, and is expected to
be the fifth-warmest year in the instrumental record that dates back