World faces “hottest year ever” in 2007

A combination of global warming and the El Niño weather system is set to make 2007 the warmest year on record, with far-reaching consequences for the planet, one of Britain's leading climate experts has warned.
Professor Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, said the long-term trend of global warming — already blamed for bringing drought to the Horn of Africa and melting the Arctic ice shelf — is set to be exacerbated by the arrival of El Niño, the phenomenon caused by above-average sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. Extreme global weather patterns could bring drought to Indonesia and leave California under a deluge.
The warning was one of four sobering predictions from senior scientists and forecasters that 2007 will be a crucial year for determining the response to global warming and its effect on humanity.
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