U.N. Agency: World Still Gripped by Warming Trend
GENEVA (Reuters) - The warming trend that has gripped our climate for the past 20 years will make 2000 one of the hottest years since 1860, despite La Nina's cooling effect on the tropical Pacific and other anomalies, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday.
This year will be the fifth or sixth warmest since 1860, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. Eight of the 10 warmest years in the 140-year period have occurred since 1990 and 1998, when the El Nino current warmed the Pacific, was the hottest on record.
WMO Secretary-General Godwin Obasi told a news conference that 2000 was the 22nd successive year that global temperatures have been above the average of the 1961-1990 base period.
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