The first decade of the 21st century has been the warmest “by far” since instrumental records began, says the UK Met Office and the World Meteorological Organisation. Moreover, they say 2009 will almost certainly be the fifth warmest in the 160-year record. And now, El Niño conditions add to the warmth. Moreover, NASA says a new global temperature record will be set in the next year or two. The WMO and the UK weather office were giving this information to the Copenhagen conference on Tuesday. The WMO uses three temperature sets - from the UK Met Office and the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), and from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. The scientists said the controversy around the hacked emails was a no-starter as all the data sets showed the same results. For much more on this, read the BBC
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