WMO: 2011 One of Hottest Years on Record
The World Meteorological Organization is warning 2011 was one of the hottest years on record, and human activity is to blame. According to the WMO’s findings, the warmest 13 years of average global temperatures have all occurred in the 15 years since 1997; with temperatures in 2011 cited as the tenth highest on record, higher than any previous year with a so-called La Niña event. The report was unveiled at the United Nations climate change talks in Durban, South Africa. The deputy secretary general of the WMO, Jerry Lengoasa, said the findings also back previous studies linking global warming to extreme weather.
Jerry Lengoasa: „We are observing a change in our climate. Now temperature is a key indicator of the changing climate. One of the key things about that is that extreme hot days, or the number of hot days, is increasing with an increasingly warmer climate. It also means that extreme events such as floods, hurricanes and droughts are becoming more and more frequent, the number of warmer days as I said are increasing, so our climate is changing.“