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2007 Could Be Warmest Year On Record

Posted in Environment, Global Warming, News, Science by Curtis on 1/3/07

According to the UK meteorology office, 2007 could be the warmest year on record in terms of average global temperatures. The rising temperatures are being fueled by human greenhouse emissions as well as an especially feisty El Nino current.

The BBC reports:

An extended warming period, resulting from an El Nino weather event in the Pacific Ocean, is likely to push up global temperatures, experts predict.

They say there is a 60% chance that the average surface temperature will match or exceed the current record from 1998.

The forecasters also revealed that 2006 saw the highest average temperature in the UK since records began in 1914.

The global surface temperature is projected to be 0.54C (0.97F) above the long-term average of 14C (57C), beating the current record of 0.52C (0.94F), which was set in 1998.

The annual projection was compiled by the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre, in conjunction with the University of East Anglia.

The climes, they are a’changin’.


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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 1/4/07 at 8:16 am

    Prolific posts we’re being treated to today so excuse my third comment! I gravitated towards this important vignette as well because it was headline news here yesterday: ‘Aust hardest hit by climate change: report’ –
    ABC News. The climes are a’changin’ at a rate slighter faster in Australia it seems with a new report saying that Australia has warmed 0.9 degrees during the century, compared with 0.7 to 0.8 degrees for the world (gulp). The driest and oldest continent, geological speaking, is now the most affected by climate change according to that study.

  2. Curtis said, on 1/5/07 at 4:49 am

    Very interesting. There are a number of reasons why the extreme latitudes seem particularly susceptible to global warming—a thinner atmosphere, and proximity to the ice caps, to name a couple.

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