2000-2009 : the warmest decade ever

Burning EearthAs the year 2009 is ending the World Meterological Organization reveiled in a report that this decade was the warmest ever recorded. This happens as each passing decade is warmer than the previous one.

What disqualifies any natural phenomenon as an explanation is the speed of the warming and the exceptional increase of greenhouse gases emissions for the past decade.

Climate change is already taking place and causing unrest and troubles all over the world. It is high time our representatives acknowledge the fact and act.

As the WMO noted :

The year 2009 is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2009 (January–October) is currently estimated at 0.44°C ± 0.11°C (0.79°F ± 0.20°F) above the 1961–1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.2°F.

The current nominal ranking of 2009, which does not account for uncertainties in the annual averages, places it as the fifth-warmest year. The decade of the 2000s (2000–2009) was warmer than the decade spanning the 1990s (1990–1999), which in turn was warmer than the 1980s (1980–1989). More complete data for the remainder of the year 2009 will be analysed at the beginning of 2010 to update the current assessment.

This year above-normal temperatures were recorded in most parts of the continents. Only North America (United States and Canada) experienced conditions that were cooler than average. Given the current figures, large parts of southern Asia and central Africa are likely to have the warmest year on record.

Climate extremes, including devastating floods, severe droughts, snowstorms, heatwaves and cold waves, were recorded in many parts of the world. This year the extreme warm events were more frequent and intense in southern South America, Australia and southern Asia, in particular.

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Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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4 Responses

  1. Tim says:

    Youhou… we’re screwd

  2. Edouard says:

    I would like to tell you ” No ” but the counter on the sidebar went UP since the beginning of the negotiations in Copenhagen.

    I don’t have any idea if this thing is reliable, but if it’s the case, our representatives pledged to less action on climate change.

    That’s fracking scary.

    This is pissing me off even more as I see at least two other reasons to go big on an alternative model less relying on fossil fuels :

    – socio economical factors with unemployment
    – peak oil and peak coal

    edit : we are not screwed, we are fried… (sorry, I couldn’t resist the lame joke)

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