As India firmed its climate stand at Durban climate conference, a United Nations body on Tuesday said the year 2011 was 10th warmest on record and the decade (2002-2011) warmest ever.
The UN’s World Meteorological Organisation put forth latest weather data at the Durban climate talk, where world leaders are meeting to chalk out strategy to reduce global warming causing carbon emissions.
“The year (2011) has been the hottest with a La Nina climatic event, which has a cooling influence and warned that the Earth was rapidly moving towards an over 2 degree Celsius rise in average temperatures,” the report said.
The WMO said the 13 warmest years have all occurred in the 15 years since 1997. The extent of Arctic sea ice in 2011 was the second lowest on record, and its volume was the lowest, the report said.
The conference where science has little impact, India scored with it getting support of Pakistan and China and many other developing countries on its additional agenda for the conference to consider. There was an attempted by United States and Singapore to push the Indian agenda out of the conference but the developing world stood by India.
In another boost to the developing world, China read out the statement of Basic group (India, China, South Africa and Brazil), thus making it clear what the emerging economies want. The statement reiterated the position of the group on continuation of Kyoto Protocol and safeguarding interests of the development world. It also said that emerging economies were willing to help if Kyoto is extended.