UN: Past decade was hottest, marked by extremes


COOLING DOWN. Children play in a water fountain along the Greenway as high levels of humidity and temperatures approached 95ºF (35ºC) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 31 May 2013. EPA/CJ Gunther
The first decade of the 21
st century was the hottest on record, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a report. At the same time, the period was marked by climate and weather extremes that killed more than 370,000. WMO said the period was the warmest, the second-wettest since 1901, and had the most tropical cyclones since 1855. The acceleration in global warming, according to WMO head Michel Jarraud, has been caused by the rising concentrations of greenhouse gases.

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