"The 2004 year was one of the four warmest years in the history of the planet since temperature recordings are made, that is to say since 1861. "
"The Argentine newspaper Clarín" aware of the report of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) presented on Wednesday, December 15 2004 in Buenos Aires.
Nothing very reassuring, according to this body that depends on the UN. "Prolonged droughts, heat waves, increased number of hurricanes in the North Atlantic, the first hurricane ever observed in the South Atlantic ... These are the most significant weather events this year 2004," says Clarín.
"The average global temperature is 2004 0,44 ° C higher than 14 ° C measured on the 1961-1990 period. The month of October was the hottest ever recorded in the world ... "The experts do not just worry about their physical and chemical measurements, such as the dramatic decrease of the Arctic ice cap, or ecological disasters, such as fires in Alaska, which reached unprecedented proportions.
They find that these climatic variations especially have a "human cost". "Prolonged droughts in Mozambique, Lesotho, Kenya and elsewhere obviously have consequences for agriculture. In Kenya, where it rains less, food production in 2004 40% was lower than 2003. Flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh killed at least 1 800 people and left millions of people in poverty even worse than before. In China, landslides flood-related fields caused more than 1 000 deaths. Hurricane Jane killed 3 000 Haitians, and other hurricanes have caused the deaths of over 3 000 people in the Caribbean and the Philippines ...