This year has been the world's second warmest on record (reliable temperature records started being kept in the 1860's). Also, the Northern
Hemisphere has experienced its hottest weather since recordings started. Ocean temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean have also been the hottest on
record. Researchers believe that this is some more evidence that human-induced global warming is very real. Dr. Viner, part of the Climate Research
Unit at the University of East Anglia, attests the upward trend of temperatures to human caused global warming. Viner says, "It's simple physics;
more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, emissions growing on a global basis, and consequently increasing temperatures." In Washington DC, the
beliefs are different. Fred Singer from the Science and Environmental Policy Project believes these recent warm temperatures only prove the Northern
Hemisphere is getting warmer. He does not conclude that human effects can be attributed to the warmer weather.
This year has been the warmest on record in the Northern Hemisphere, say scientists in Britain. It is the second warmest globally since the 1860s,
when reliable records began, they add.
Ocean temperatures recorded in the Northern Hemisphere Atlantic Ocean have also been the hottest on record. The researchers, from the UK Met Office
and the University of East Anglia, say this is more evidence for the reality of human-induced global warming.
"The data also show that the sea surface temperature in the northern hemisphere Atlantic is the highest since 1880," said Dr David Viner, from the
Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA). No measurements of average temperature can be completely accurate, and Dr Viner
believes the team's calculations are subject to an error of about plus or minus 0.1C.
However, he says, the long-term trend is clearly upwards - rapidly over the last decade - indicating the reality of human-induced global warming.
"We're right, the sceptics are wrong," he told the BBC News website. "It's simple physics; more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, emissions
growing on a global basis, and consequently increasing temperatures."
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This is just another look at how global warming is occuring. Facts are conclusive that we are experiencing increasingly warmer weather, but what is
it being caused by. Some believe it is our faults, others say it is just part of nature. Could the amount of hurricanes this year have caused the warm
temperatures for the Northern Hemisphere? We must have seen one of the greatest storm years ever, but would this lead to an entire hemisphere warming,
or was the hemisphere already warming which caused the storms? Just some thoughts.
[edit on 27-12-2005 by asala]