While Northern Europe and the UK are experiencing unusually cold weather, NASA’s data demonstrates that, to date, 2010 has experienced the warmest average global temperatures on record.
As this year’s UN Climate Change summit closes with a general air of moderate success in multilateral agreements, the world-wide average temperature trend indicates that global warming is a long term problem that will not be resolved by meetings alone.
“In essence, it’s the actions of individual governments, companies and households that provides the solution to climate change,” says Matthew Owen of Cool Earth, a UK charity dedicated to mitigating CO2 emissions by conserving tropical rainforests.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies proves that 2010 has been the warmest year in its 130-year climate record. The belief is that this is due to a combination of human induced climate change plus natural factors such as a warming of both the tropical Pacific Ocean – caused by El Niño – and a 2°C rise in surface temperatures on the Atlantic Ocean.
“This year has certainly been notable for a whole series of extreme weather conditions,” says Matthew Owen. “Temperatures in Russia reached well over 50°C, something more commonly associated with tropical Africa; China and Pakistan experienced historic flooding from unusually excessive rainfall, while the Amazon and Australia have suffered unexpected drought conditions.”