The World Meteorological Organisation says 2009 is set to be the fifth warmest year since records began in 1850.
The WMO, which released its annual climate statement in Copenhagen overnight, also says the first decade of the 21st century is likely to be the warmest on record.
The report also notes that only the USA and Canada have had significant areas subject to cooler-than-average conditions, with Asia, Africa, South American, Europe and Australasia experiencing frequent extreme weather events including repeated record-breaking heatwaves.
I guess though that to the Glenn Becks and Sarah Palins of the world if it’s not happening right in front of them in the USA then it isn’t really happening. The rest of the world not only doesn’t matter it doesn’t even really exist.