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2012 was the ninth warmest year in the history of meteorology

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Аuthor: PantherMedia/SCANPIXLast year was the ninth warmest year since the foundation of global meteorological monitoring. Air temperature on the surface of the earth and the ocean was generally 0.45° C higher that the average index of 1961-1990 and was +14.45° C.

It was the 27th consecutive year when the average air temperature was higher than the norm, according to Latvian Radio and LTV with reference to the report from the World Meteorological Organization.

The organization warns that prolonged heating of the lower layers of the atmosphere is still a major concern. Air temperature is also affected by natural factors – volcano eruptions, etc.

Contrary to the beliefs of different scientists and scientific institutions, including the British Metoffice, about the global warming having stopped, and that there could be a global frost, the World Meteorology Organization says that the growing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere shows signs of continuing global warming.

Furthermore, the organization reminded about last year’s rapid melting of the Arctic ice. The area of the melted ice exceeded the record set in 2007 by 18%.

Last year’s natural disasters – cyclones and drought – is said to be related to the global climate change. In spite of the fact that natural disasters occur every year, climate change means an increased intensity of these disasters.

The level of the ocean has risen 20 cm since 1880. This is why the devastating hurricane “Sandy” that hit the east coast of the United States, has caused the flooding of large areas.

Last year’s average air temperature was above the norm in North America, Southern Europe, the Western Russia, the North Africa and South America. It was colder than usual in Alaska, on the North of Australia and Central Asia.

The average amount of precipitation was slightly higher than that of 1961-1990.

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