WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Last year was the warmest recorded
on Earth's surface, and it was unusually hot in the Arctic,
U.S. space agency
All five of the hottest years since modern record-keeping
began in the 1890s occurred within the last decade, according
to analysis by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
In descending order, the years with the highest global
average annual temperatures were 2005, 1998, 2002, 2003 and
2004, NASA said in a statement.
'It's fair to say that it probably is the warmest since we
have modern meteorological records,' said Drew Shindell of the
NASA institute in New York City."