The 2009 "State of the Climate" report released on 28 July 2010 draws on data from 10 key climatic indicators to conclude that the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable. The report compiled, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US, states that the past decade was the warmest on record and that the Earth has been growing warmer over the last 50 years.
More than 300 scientists from 160 research groups in 48 countries have contributed to the report which was published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report defines 10 measurable planet-wide features which it states can be used to gauge global temperature changes. The relative movement of each of these indicators is consistent with a warming world, the report states.
"Despite the variability caused by short-term changes, the analysis conducted for this report illustrates why we are so confident the world is warming," said Peter Stott, a contributor to the report and head of Climate Monitoring and Attribution of the UK Meteorology Office's Hadley Centre.
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