Global warming still accelerating

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Global warming continues to accelerate with the year 2013 now on record as the sixth warmest year, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

WMO says many of the extreme weather events of 2013 including heavier precipitation, heat waves, storm surges and coastal flooding were consistent with results of human induced climate change.

Temperatures in many parts of the southern hemisphere were especially warm, with Australia having its hottest year on record and Argentina its second hottest.

Although a much cooler spring was registered in the northern hemisphere, the region also saw extreme precipitation in the alpine region and storm surges in the United Kingdom and Netherlands.

Drought continued to affect large parts of the United States, with California registering its driest year since records began in 1895.

WMO says there were 94 storms during 2013, with the Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines in November named as the strongest storm on record.

Michel Jarraud is the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organisation.

"It is still possible to adapt to the consequences of climate change. The more the temperatures increase the more adaptation would be required and therefore the more expensive it will be and the bigger the impact particularly for the least developed countries who may not have the resources to adapt to these changes."

WMO says although the forecasting of storms and other hazards has become much more skilful in recent years, more effort must be put towards strengthening preparedness and early warning systems and implementing a multi hazard approach to disaster risk reduction.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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