Climate institutions and scientists are warning that 2010 might end up as one of the hottest years ever recorded in human history. According to new data from the US National Snow and Ice Centre Data Centre (NSIDC)arctic sea ice levels is now "at its lowest physical extent ever recorded for the time of year". According to the reports this year will break the previous record low levels from 2007. The Guardian reports that:
And according to James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and one of the world's most prominent climate scientist, new data also shows that the global surface temperatures may also be at record levels. According to a newly released paper by Hansen and his colleagues the temperature on Earth has for the past 12 months been 0.65C warmer than previous global temperatures from 1951 to 1980. The paper also shows that the global temperature this year will break the previous record from 2005.
The Guardian article has written about more findings so be sure to check that article out. Especially worth noting is the new data which shows that January to April this year has been the hottest on record so far. Climate Progress writes:
And the temperature records continues! New data also shows that the temperature during January-June this year has been the hottest ever recorded by NASA.
But La Nina conditions might build up during July and August which might reduce the average heat temperature for 2010.
Meteorologist Jeff Masters also notes that new temperature records have been reached in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Pakistan and Myanmar. Masters writes:
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