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To the Conspiratists: Climate Chaos E-Mail Expose Exposed

From BBC:

The first decade of this century is the warmest on record, a report by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said.

The agency’s data also showed that 2009 was set to be the fifth warmest year.

In a separate report, the UK’s Met Office said the current decade was “by far” the warmest since instrumental records began.

Its new analysis also showed that 2009 would almost certainly be the fifth warmest in the 160-year record.

The WMO said 2009 was set to be another “top 10” year, with provisional warming of 0.44C (0.79F) above the long-term average of 14.0C (57.2F).

Burgeoning El Nino conditions, adding to man-made greenhouse warming, pushed up this year’s global average temperature, it explained.

“We’ve seen above average temperatures in most continents, and only in North America were there conditions that were cooler than average,” said WMO secretary-general Michel Jarraud.

“We are in a warming trend – we have no doubt about it.”

The US space agency Nasa suggests that a new global temperature record will be set “in the next 1-2 years”.

Graphic showing global average land surface temperatures (Image: BBC)

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Met Office scientists have been giving details of the new analysis at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen.

The Met Office has also released data from more than 1,000 weather stations that make up the global land surface temperature records.

The decision to make the information, a subset of a record used in assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), available is the latest development in the ClimateGate affair.

Graphic of global warming projection (Image: BBC)

The row broke out last month when hundreds of messages between scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and their peers around the world were put on the internet along with other documents.

Critics of the scientific consensus have claimed that the e-mails undermine the case that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are causing global warming.

In a statement, the Met Office said: “This subset is not a new global temperature record and it does not replace the HadCRUT, NASA GISS and NCDC global temperature records, all of which have been fully peer reviewed.

“This subset shows that global average land temperatures have risen over the last 150 years and is very similar to the temperature rises shown by the complete dataset.

“This subset release will continue the policy of putting as much of the station temperature record as possible into the public domain.

“As soon as we have all permissions in place we will release the remaining station records – around 5,000 in total – that make up the full land temperature record.

“We are dependent on international approvals to enable this final step and cannot guarantee that we will get permission from all data owners.”


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