Year 2013 recorded as the seventh warmest year since 1850: WMO

Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013

deathvalley_2339182bThe World Meteorological Organisaton (WMO) said that this year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850. With a trend of extreme weather events and the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines aggravated by rising sea levels. The manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere mean warmer future in the world is inevitable said Michel Jarraud, the WMO secretary general in Warsaw in the UN climate talks.




The first nine months of the year was tied with the same period of 2003 as seventh warmest year according to the WMO provisional overview. The average global land and ocean surface temperatures 0.48C above the 1961-1990.



This year is likely to end among the top 10 warmest years since 1850. The Super Typhoon Haiyan is the most intense storms that have smashed Philippines.



Other extremes this year have included record heat waves in Australia and floods from Sudan to Europe, the WMO said. Japan had its warmest summer on record.



In September, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) raised the probability that mankind was the main cause of warming since 1950 to at least 95% from 90% in a previous assessment in 2007. It predicted impacts including more heat waves, downpours and rising sea levels. The 2010 was the warmest on record ahead of 2005 and 1998.


The rise in temperature on earth has slightly slowed down in recent years The IPCC said. This may be linked to a significant natural variation with the ocean absorbing heat.


The Seas have risen by about 20 cms (8 inches) in the past century, the higher sea level is making coastal areas more susceptible to ocean surge, and the consequences were seen in the tragic storm in the Philippines.

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