Runaway Global Warming
2012 expected to be ninth warmest year on record | Environment | guardian.co.uk
World Meteorological Organisation data shows average global temperature to date is 14.45C, higher than long-term average (1961 to 1990).
This year is likely to be the ninth warmest on record, with global temperatures in 2012 cooler than the average for the past decade owing to the effects of La Niña weather patterns early in the year.
Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring and attribution at the UK's Met Office, whose data contributed to the WHO estimate, said: "Although the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest on record, warming has not been as rapid since 2000 as over the longer period since the 1970s. This variability in global temperatures is not unusual, with several periods lasting a decade or more with little or no warming since the instrumental record began."
Although climate change sceptics may seize on the data, it does not change the long-term warming trend. Nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001, according to the Met Office.
, "warming has not been as rapid since 2000 as over the longer period since the 1970s" - I think we can call that an understatement.
The UN organisation’s secretary-general, Michel Jarraud, said climate change was “taking place before our eyes” and would continue to do so as a result of rising greenhouse gas emissions, which have reached record levels this year. (The Scotsman)
It is not so much "before my eyes" but more "in my wallet" that I'm noticing it.