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2013 was the Sixth Hottest Year on Record

February 11, 2014
Environmental Protection

iceA report released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has confirmed that 2013 was the sixth hottest year on record. The research comes at a time when climate skeptics had suggested that despite record temperatures being reached in the USA and Australia, the general trend was showing a pause in global warming.

WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud confirmed that temperatures were in fact still rising, saying, “The global temperature for the year 2013 is consistent with the long term warming trend. The rate of warming is not uniform but the underlying trend is undeniable.”

The figures also confirmed that the temperature of the Arctic Ocean throughout the year was ‘far warmer than usual.’ Reliable global temperature records date back to 1850, with last year proving 0.5 degrees Celsius above the 1961-1990 average. Thirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record have occurred in the twenty-first century, but 2013 didn’t see a natural El Niño event, meaning the cause is much more likely to be due to human activity.

Separate research by the National Oceanographic Data Centre in the USA has confirmed a sharp rise in ocean temperatures, which would seem to confirm the theory proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that 90% of the rise in heat stored by the climate system over the past few decades has been absorbed by the world’s oceans.  

You can find further details at the World Meteorological Organisation website here.