"2004 has been one of the four warmest years in the history of the planet since recordings of temperature have been made, that is, since 1861."
"The Argentine daily 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 United Nations. "Extended droughts, heat waves, increased hurricanes in the North Atlantic, the first hurricane ever seen in the South Atlantic ... These are the most important climatic events of this year 2004," summarizes Clarín.
"The average global temperature in 2004 is 0,44 ° C higher than that of 14 ° C measured over the 1961-1990 period. Last October was the warmest ever observed in the world ... "Experts are not content with worrying about their physical and chemical measures, such as the dramatic decrease in the Arctic ice cap, or ecological dramas, like fires in Alaska, which have reached unprecedented proportions.
They note that these climatic variations are mainly a "human cost". "Prolonged droughts in Mozambique, Lesotho, Kenya and elsewhere obviously have an impact on agriculture. In Kenya, where it rains less and less, food production in 2004 has been 40% lower than that of 2003. Floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh have killed at least 1 800 people and left millions in a misery even worse than before. In China, landslides related to the floods caused more 1 000 dead. Hurricane Jane killed 3 000 Haitians, and other hurricanes resulted in the deaths of more than 3 000 people in the Caribbean and the Philippines ...