2000–2009 was warmer than the 1990s

The heat trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century. The green house effect is a fact; no scientific body of national or international standing has maintained a dissenting opinion that human influence is causing climate change. Despite variability from year to year – the period 2000–2009 was warmer than the 1990s that, in turn, was warmer than the 1980s. In fact, the average temperature over the first decade of the 21st century was significantly warmer than any preceding decade in the instrumental record, stretching back 160 years. In addition, today’s temperatures are warmer than the reconstructed mean temperatures going back more than 2000 years. There is a tendency for people to interpret their own experiences of day-to-day weather in terms of climate change, climate change is the climate of the entire globe. The current and future consequences of global climate change, apart from increased mean temperatures, are the amount, intensity, frequency, and type of precipitation, an increased risk of inland flash floods and more frequent coastal flooding. In 2010, Pakistan experienced its highest recorded temperature of 52.5 °C, and 333 mm of rain fell over a 2-day period in the Peshawar province. Moscow endured its hottest day (38.2 °C) in 130 years of records. Are these just extreme weather events, including our own, just weather; or are they portents of something to come?

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