Tuesday, December 16, 2008

2008 will be the coolest year on record since 1997. Of course it is also the hottest year before 1997. This year had the second lowest amount of arctic ice on record, so do not think global warming is over.

LONDON (Reuters) - This year will be the coolest since 1997 but still the tenth hottest in a temperature record dating back 150 years, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.

The global mean temperature for 2008 was 14.3 degrees Celsius (57.7 degrees Fahrenheit), climate scientists at the UK's Met Office Hadley Center and Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, who compiled data for the WMO, said.

"Human influence, particularly emission of greenhouse gases, has greatly increased the chance of having such warm years," the Met Office's Peter Stott said in a statement.

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