WMO Says 2009 Will Be 5th-Hottest Year On Record

Law360, New York (December 8, 2009, 5:38 PM EST) -- The current decade is on track to be the hottest ever, and 2009 is likely to rank as the fifth-warmest year since scientists began recording global data in 1850, according to preliminary data released Tuesday at the United Nations' Copenhagen climate conference.

The World Meteorological Organization, a specialized agency of the U.N., released the findings on the second day of the 192-nation climate conference, saying more complete data for the remainder of 2009 will be analyzed at the beginning of 2010, when it will update its...
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