13 Jan '11, 12am

2010 tied 2005 as the warmest year on record, with global temperatures 0.62 deg C above normal last year

WASHINGTON - IT IS a tie: Last year equaled 2005 as the warmest year on record, US government climate experts reported on Wednesday. The average worldwide temperature was 0.62 deg C above normal last year. That's the same as six years ago, the National Climatic Data Center announced. Climate experts have become increasingly concerned about rising global temperatures over the last century. Most atmospheric scientists attribute the change to gases released into the air by industrial processes and gasoline-burning engines. In addition, the Global Historical Climatology Network said on Wednesday that last year was the wettest on record. Rain and snowfall patterns varied greatly around the world. 'The warmth this year reinforces the notion that we are seeing climate change,' said David Easterling, chief of scientific services at the climatic data centre. Nine of the 10 warmest ...

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