For the naysayers of global warming, I give you this: The 2000s were the warmest decade ever on global temperature charts, scientists are reporting. I think we can all vouch for that having felt it firsthand, especially these past year.
The period from 2000 through 2009 has been warmer than the 1990s, which were warmer than the 1980s and so on, said Michel Jarraud, the secretary general of the international weather agency, speaking at a news conference at the climate talks in Copenhagen. He also went on to say that 2009 appears to be the fifth warmest year on record.
NASA reports global temperatures averaging 0.6 degrees Celsius (1.1 degrees F) from 2000-2009, higher than the 1951-1980 average, and that temperatures in the far north rose faster than any other place on Earth.