The Straits Times
Published on Nov 28, 2012

2012 marked by extreme weather, Arctic ice melt: UN


GENEVA (AFP) - Extreme temperatures and violent weather afflicted the planet this year, with heatwaves, droughts, floods and devastating storms as well as unprecedented ice melt in the Arctic, the United Nations weather agency said on Wednesday.

"Climate change is taking place before our eyes and will continue to do so," World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) chief Michel Jarraud said in a statement.

January to October this year was the ninth warmest such period since records began in 1850, the WMO said.

The global land and ocean surface temperature for the period was about 0.45 deg Cel above the 1961-1990 average of 14.2 deg Cel, it said.