1/20/2012 10:22:48 PM

Extreme Weather, Rising Temperatures

The past year broke the record of extreme weather events, with a total of 14 billion-dollar weather disasters compared to the previous record of nine in 2008, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Scientists have long predicted that global warming would result in more chaotic weather patterns and more extreme weather events.

The agency also reported that the average global temperature in 2011 was 0.9 degrees higher last than the 20th century average, continuing a general trend of a hotter planet.

The chart below tracks the rise of CO2, global temperatures, and extreme weather events.

 Chart showing link between CO2, rising temperatures & extreme weather events

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