The World Meteorological Organization’s latest reportdemonstrates that 2000-2009 is the warmest decade since modernmeasurements began recording temperatures around 1850. In its annualreport, “WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate,” the WMOalso found that 2009 is nominally ranked as the fifth warmest on record.
“Data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organizationconfirms that 2009 was the fifth-warmest year on record, and 2000-2009was the warmest decade on record since the beginning of instrumentalclimate records in 1850,” said Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO. “A number of extreme weather and climate events were also recorded in2009, including in particular heatwaves in China, India and southernEurope, as well as in Australia.”
These findings are consistent with similar reports about the globaltrends on warming patterns and follow the scientific predictions of theimpacts of man-made global warming pollution. In particular, thiswarming trend is consistent with a preliminary report of risingtemperatures from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies RisingTemperatures which indicates that global warming is continuing andpredicts that “a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in2010.” Reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) also identify continued warming trends throughout the world.