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Climate, 2.0

the decade 2001-2010 was the hottest in recorded history

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, July 9, 2013/Categories: sustainability, environment, climate change

The World Meteorological Organization has released a report with some stunning climate statistics. Their study, A Decade of Climate Extremes , confirms the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest since records began being collected around 1850. Beginning with average world temperatures of 56F in the 1850's, temperatures now exceed 58F, or a 2F increase. The change from 1991-2000 to 2001-2010 were also the largest decade-on-decade temperature increases observed to date.

Global Temperature Averages by Decade, 1880-2010  (credit: WMO)

Likewise, measurements of minimum Arctic sea-ice track the WMO's global temperature increases showing ice volume declines exceeding 80% from 1979-2012. If this trend continues, the Arctic Ocean may become ice-free during the summer within two decades.

Arctic Sea Ice Minimums by Decade, 1980-2010  (credit: Climate State)

All this may seem far removed from most people, but potential impacts to daily life might be considered by viewing a series of 10 slider graphics here: Future Changes to Come.

Get ready for Climate, 2.0!


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