The year 2014 may be the hottest year on record, a sign that long-term global warming is being stoked by mounting greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say.
The months of August, September and October in 2014 have all been the warmest such months on record, according to US and British data.
“2014 is more likely than not to be the warmest year,” Tim Osborn, a professor at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, said, adding that manmade greenhouse gas emissions are able to increase temperatures.
However, he said there were many uncertainties about whether 2014 is on track to be the warmest on record.
Meanwhile, Michael Cabbage, a spokesman for NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said, “It probably is a bit premature to say 2014 will be the warmest year on record.”
Almost 200 governments are set to come to an agreement in the case of a UN deal to fight global warming in Paris in December next year.
Dealing with the earth’s rising temperature has been promised by China, the United States and the European Union, but experts say no agreement may be strong enough to stop rising temperatures.