STATE OF THE CLIMATE IN 2005 Executive Summary* BY K . A . SHEIN The year 2005 was marked by record-setting weather events, catastrophic weather-related human and financial losses, and a continued increase in globally averaged surface air temperature. his past year, 2005, was a year of weather records. the costliest hurricane in recorded history (Munich Unfortunately, many of these records came with Re 2006). Ta record price. At the December 2005 United Na- I n addition, the several global temperature datas- tions Climate Change Conference [Conference of the ets currently used by various institutions to estimate Parties to the Convention (COP) 11 and COP/Meeting globally averaged annual temperatures were in agree- of the Parties to the Protocol (MOP) 1] in Montreal, ment that 2005 was one of the warmest years in the Quebec, Canada, the Munic h Re Foundation (a rein- historical record. The Smith and Reynolds (2005) surance company) noted that preliminary estimates surface (land and ocean) temperature dataset in use at of global economic losses in which the weather was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra- a contributing factor exceeded $200 billion U.S. dol- tion (NOAA ) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC ) lars (USD). This
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Published: Jun 1, 2006
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