Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest on record, according to U.S.

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CANCUN

As delegates strug gle to arrive at a consensus on key climate change issues at the annual climate change conference in Cancun, the World Meteorological Organisation has released a report which says 2010 is the hottest year ever recorded.

Meena Menon

January-October 2010 temperatures are near record levels

Surface air temperatures over land were above normal across most parts of the world

CANCUN: The year 2010 is almost certain to rank in the top three warmest years since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that were released here

The world will seek to break a U.S.-China standoff and agree modest steps to rein in global warming at U.N. talks in Mexico next week amid worries that the first climate treaty since 1992 may still be years away.

Most nations have few hopes for the meeting of environment ministers from November 29 to December 10 in the Caribbean resort of Cancun after U.S.

Concentrations of the main greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached their highest level since pre-industrial times, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

Concentrations of the gases continued to build up in 2009 -- the latest year of observations -- despite the economic slowdown, the U.N.

The ozone layer that shields life from the sun's harmful rays is projected to recover from harmful chemicals by mid-century, but it will take longer over the polar regions, a United Nations study said on Thursday.

Ozone depletion -- blamed for higher ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancers and cataracts and damages agriculture

-- will continue for decades as several key damaging subst

Devastating floods in Pakistan and Russia

Surinder Sud / New Delhi June 21, 2010, 0:37 IST

Paucity of monsoon rainfall alone is not a sufficient determinant of drought, maintains the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Several other factors need to be taken into account to declare an agricultural drought.

Pune The System of Air Pollution Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) developed by Pune scientists at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meterology (IITM) to give air quality at a given time and predict what it will be 24 hours later has come in for praise from the UN. SAFAR will also be put to use during Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

As a response to mounting criticism of the IPCC, the IAC has been asked to conduct a review of the IPCC

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