Gallery: 2011 Was the 11th Hottest Year on Record


An average global temperature of 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit marked 2011 as the 11th hottest year on record. At a full 0.9 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, this past year was hotter than every year in the last century except for 1998. The sentiment among climate scientists is that higher temperatures are largely sustained by increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. This means that if global emissions aren’t curbed and development continues without consideration for climate, the future will be full of freaky storms, extreme weather, and even more record-breaking weather anomalies.

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  1. Allison Leahy January 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    @Marko, I love the optimism!

  2. Marko January 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Yey – Sounds good to me – I am fed up paying these heating bills!

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