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World at warmest on record, NASA says

June 3, 2010

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— The global temperature this year reached its warmest on record based on a 12-month-rolling average, James Hansen, the top climate change scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said Wednesday.

The mean surface temperature in the year through April was about 1.17 degree Fahrenheit warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to a graph in a 37-page draft paper on the website of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That makes it a fraction warmer than the previous peak in 2005. Absolute temperatures weren’t published in the paper.

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