UN: More extreme weather expected as planet warms

By REUTERS
November 29, 2011 12:59

 
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DURBAN - The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a UN report released on Tuesday.

The World Meteorological Organization, part of the United Nations, said the warmest 13 years of average global temperatures have all occurred in the 15 years since 1997.

That has contributed to extreme weather conditions that increase the intensity of droughts and heavy precipitation across the world, it said.

"Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally that the world is warming and that this warming is due to human activities," WMO Deputy Secretary-General Jerry Lengoasa told reporters in Durban.

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