From: Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM, More from this Affiliate
Published November 30, 2011 12:39 PM

Another record breaker: 2011 warmest La Niña year ever

As officials meet at the 17th UN Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa, the world continues to heat up. The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that they expect 2011 to be the warmest La Niña year since record keeping began in 1850. The opposite of El Nino, a La Niña event causes general cooling in global temperatures. Despite La Niña, it was a very, very warm year to the point that it is the warmest decade on record," explained WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud during a press briefing in Geneva.


Even with the cooling impact of La Niña, this year is on track to becoming the 10th warmest yet. In fact, the 13 warmest years on record have all occurred in the last 15 years with the 2000s being the warmest decade to date.

"Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally that the world is warming and that this warming is due to human activities," Jarraud said.

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