Earth as warmed over the past 130 years

20.06.2010

The average global surface temperature in May was the highest since 1880, the press service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.


High temperatures were observed in most of the Earth's land area. The strongest temperature anomalies recorded in eastern North America, eastern Brazil and Europe, eastern Russia, south Asia and in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to climatologists, the global average surface temperature of the planet in May by 0.69 degrees Celsius higher than the average level in the XX century (14.8 degrees). In April, the figure was 14.5 degrees Celsius, exceeding the corresponding average rate of 0.76 degrees.

Scientists have also noted that the area of ice in the Arctic in May averaged 13.1 million square meters. km, which is 3.7% below the average for the month according to the level of 1979-2000. According to the National Information Center on snow and ice (NSIDC) United States, the ice was melting in the Arctic region is 50% faster than usual.

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