WORLD METEO ORG FORECAST FOR THIS CENTURY -- MORE HEATWAVES, DOWNPOURS AND RISING SEA LEVELS

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13 november 2013


UN: 2013 is seventh warmest year since records began


World Meteorological Organisation says provisional figures for 2013 underscore the longterm trend of global warming


theguardian.com
, Wednesday 13 November 2013

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 World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Wednesday.

A build-up of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future was now inevitable, WMO secretary general Michel Jarraud said in a statement at the UN climate talks in Warsaw.

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

"This year once again continues the underlying, long-term trend," towards higher temperatures caused by global warming, Jarraud said. The WMO said it was likely to end among the top 10 warmest years since records began in 1850.

Among extremes have been Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most intense storms in history that smashed into the Philippines last Friday.

President Benigno Aquino said local officials had overstated the loss of life, which was closer to 2,000 or 2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated. His comments, however, drew scepticism from some aid workers.

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

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