The State of the Climate in 2010? Yes, We're Still Warming Land & Ocean, Shrinking Glaciers and Melting Ice

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The 2010 edition of the annual State of the Climate Report is out. It's findings should come as little shock to avid TreeHugger readers and climate watchers. Atmospheric CO2 continues to climb, global average temperature continues to rise, glaciers continue to melt, Arctic sea ice continues to retreat dramatically each summer, oceans continue feel the heat.The report is the product of nearly 370 researchers in 45 countries and appears in the June 2011 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Among the report's key findings:

  • Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are now at 394ppm, up 2.6ppm from the previous year.
  • Global average temperature in 2010 was warmer than the 20th century average for every month in the past quarter century.
  • 2010 tied with 2005 for the warmest year on record.
  • Global sea surface temperatures in 2010 were the third-warmest on record.
  • Alpine glaciers shrank for the 20th consecutive year.
  • Arctic summer sea ice was at the third lowest level on record.

Here's the full report: State of the Climate In 2010
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