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Union of Concerned Scientists: 2005 Vies for Hottest Year on Record

January 18, 2006

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Global average surface temperatures pushed 2005 into a virtual tie with 1998 as the hottest year on record.  The record heat of 2005 is part of a longer-term warming trend exacerbated by the rise of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere that is due primarily to our burning fossil fuels and clearing forests. Nineteen of the hottest 20 years on record have occurred since 1980. 

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