2007 second-hottest year on record

Posted by Laura Grant on January 11, 2008
Posted in Green News

People who like statistics may be interested to know that 2007 was the second warmest year on record, with a global average temperature of 14.73 degrees Celsius, according to a report by the Earth Policy Institute. This is just 0.03 degrees Celsius cooler than 2005, the hottest year on record at 14.76 degrees Celcius.

Global average temperature has been steadily increasing, the report says, with the eight warmest years since 1880 all occurring in the last decade. According to a table compiled by the institute the eight hottest years are as follows:
2005: 14.76 C
2007: 14.73 C
1998: 14.72 C
2002: 14.69 C
2003: 14.67 C
2006: 14.66 C
2004: 14.60 C
2001: 14.57 C

Data from Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows that global average temperature has risen from 14.02 degrees Celsius in the 1970s to 14.26 degrees in the 1980s and then to 14.40 degrees in the 1990s. In the 21st century so far the temperature has averaged 14.64 degrees Celsius, says the report.

Via: Environmental News Network

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