06/07 WINTER WARMTH BREAKS ALL RECORDS

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06/07 WINTER WARMTH BREAKS ALL RECORDS

 user 2007-03-21 at 10:06:00 am Views: 75
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    Winter warmth breaks all records
    Winter
    in the northern hemisphere this year has been the warmest since records
    began more than 125 years ago, a US government agency says.The combined
    land and ocean surface temperature from December to February was 0.72C
    (1.3F) above average.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration said El Nino, a seasonal warming of parts of the Pacific
    Ocean, had also contributed to the warmth.Weather experts predict that
    2007 could be the hottest year on record.NOAA said that temperatures
    are continuing to rise by a fifth of a degree every decade. The 10
    warmest years on record have occurred since 1995.

    Greenhouse gases
    “Contributing
    factors were the long-term trend toward warmer temperatures as well as
    a moderate El Nino in the Pacific,” said Jay Lawrimore of NOAA’s
    National Climatic Data Center.He added: “We don’t say this winter is
    evidence of the influence of greenhouse gases.”However, Mr Lawrimore
    said the research was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
    Change (IPCC) process, which released a report last month that found
    global climate change “very likely” has a human cause.”We know as a
    part of that, the conclusions have been reached and the warming trend
    is due in part to rises in greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.The IPCC
    panel concluded that it was at least 90% certain that human emissions
    of greenhouse gases rather than natural variations are warming the
    planet’s surface.They projected that temperatures would probably rise
    by between 1.8C and 4C by the end of the century, though increases as
    small as 1.1C (2F) or as large as 6.4C (11.5F) were possible.