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Written on November 25, 2009, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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At least half the years in the next decade will be warmer than the previous record year for global temperatures and next year could be the warmest to date, according to the Met Office.

The weather forecaster said there is a 50 per cent chance that the world average temperature in 2010 will be warmer than in 1998, which is the warmest on record in the Met Office’s 160 years of data.

The Met Office’s Hadley Centre announced its predictions as a separate scientific analysis showed that previous estimates about the rate of temperature rise had been too low. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said the planet could warm by 7C (10.8F). The increase would make large parts of the planet uninhabitable.

The Met Office also predicted that temperatures could reach 7C above pre-industrial levels by 2100 if emissions carried on rising at the present rate of between 2 per cent and 3 per cent a year.

It said that global emissions would have to peak in 2016 and then fall at 4 per cent a year for decades if the world were to have a reasonable chance of limiting the increase to 2C.

The Earth’s temperature has risen by 0.75C over the past century and every year from 2001 has been in the top 11 warmest on record.


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