“The year 2004 was one of the four hottest years in the history of the planet since temperature recordings were made, that is to say since 1861.”
"The Argentinian daily Clarín" reports on the report of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) presented on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 in Buenos Aires.
Nothing very reassuring, to believe this body which depends on the United Nations. "Prolonged droughts, heat waves, increase in the number of hurricanes in the North Atlantic, the first hurricane ever observed in the South Atlantic ... These are the most significant climatic events of this year 2004", summarizes Clarín.
“The average global temperature in 2004 is 0,44 ° C higher than that of 14 ° C measured over the period 1961-1990. The month of October was the hottest on record in the world… ”Experts are not content to worry about their physical and chemical measures, like the dramatic decrease in the Arctic ice cap, or ecological tragedies, like the fires in Alaska, which reached unprecedented proportions.
They find that these climatic variations have above all a “human cost”. “The prolonged droughts in Mozambique, Lesotho, Kenya or elsewhere obviously have consequences for agriculture. In Kenya, where it rains less and less, food production in 2004 was 40% lower than in 2003. Floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh killed at least 1 people and left millions of people. people in even worse misery than before. In China, flood-related landslides have claimed more than 800 lives. Hurricane Jane killed 1 Haitians, and other hurricanes killed more than 000 people in the Caribbean and the Philippines ...