Berlin (AFP) Oct 28, 2010
Catastrophic floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia, hurricanes in Mexico: 2010 has so far been an "exceptional" year for weather disasters, German reinsurance giant Munich Re said Thursday.
"This year really has been a year of weather records," Peter Hoeppe, an expert from Munich Re's Geo Risks Research department, told journalists.
"The first nine months of the year have seen the highest number of weather-related events since Munich Re started keeping records," he added.
Hoeppe added that a clear pattern of continuing global warming was contributing to the natural disasters.
2010 has so far been the warmest since measurements began 130 years ago. New temperature records were set in Russia (37.8 degrees centigrade) and in Asia (53.5 degrees in Pakistan).
Only last month, a new temperature record was set in Los Angeles, with the mercury hitting 45 degrees. "It is clear that global warming is getting worse," said Hoeppe.
And he added that he did not expect much from the forthcoming climate meeting in Cancun, following what he termed the "genuine catastrophe" of the last such summit in Copenhagen.
That meeting, in December, broke up acrimoniously amid bickering between developed and developing nations over who bore the main burden to stop global warming.
"Our expectations are lower than they were one year ago in Copenhagen. In Copenhagen, there had been a commitment to success and there were over 100 heads of state. That simply won't be the case in Cancun," he said.
On the key issue of CO2 reduction, "there is no movement in the United States and as long as the United States doesn't move, then China will not be prepared to move and these are the two main players," he said.
The Cancun meeting, from November 29 to December 10, is meant to firm up a basic agenda for continuing talks on a new protocol to replace the Kyoto accord which expires in 2012.
Earlier Thursday, France's Academy of Science published a report written by 120 scientists from France and abroad stating that global warming was unquestionably due to human activity.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes
Hunt for survivors after twin disasters hit Indonesia
Padang, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 27, 2010
Indonesian rescuers searched for survivors Wednesday after a tsunami smashed into an island chain and a volcano erupted in twin disasters that have left scores dead and thousands homeless. Ten villages were flattened when the tsunami triggered by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake pounded the Mentawai islands late Monday off the west coast of Sumatra, on a major fault line in a region known as the " ... read more
Ariane 5 Lofts Dual Birds|
Payload Preparations Underway For Fifth Ariane 5 2010 Mission
Sea Launch Company Emerges From Chapter 11
Ariane 5 Rolls Out For Dual Bird Launch
NASA Trapped Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Subsurface Water
Study Links Fresh Mars Gullies To Carbon Dioxide
2013 Earliest Launch Date For China Mars Mission
A One-Way Trip To Mars Would Be Affordable
Dead Spacecraft Walking
Surviving Lunar Dangers
NASA Awards Contract To Team FREDNET Google Lunar X PRIZE Contender
Collision Spills New Moon Secrets
Kuiper Belt Of Many Colors
Reaching The Mid-Mission Milestone On The Way To Pluto
New Horizons Student Dust Counter Instrument Breaks Distance Record
Nitrogen Methane Dominate Icy Surface Of Eris
Solar Systems Like Ours May Be Common
Astronomer Greg Laughlin To Talk About Earth-Like Planets
NASA Survey Suggests Earth-Sized Planets are Common
Planets Discovered Around Elderly Binary Star
Initial 30-Day Findings From DM-2 Rocket Engine Program
Commercial spacecraft launch test delayed
DLR Launches 'STERN' Rocket Programme For Students
U.K. predicts 'spaceplane' in 10 years
China says manned space station possible around 2020
China Kicks Off Manned Space Station Program
NASA chief says pleased with 'comprehensive' China visit
The International Future In Space
Space Radar Provides A Taste Of Comet Hartley 2
NASA Spacecraft Preps For Comet Flyby
Contract Signing Gives Galileo System Its Operators
Countdown To Comet Flyby Down To Nine Days
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|