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Climatology: 1995 the Warmest Year? Yes and No

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Science  12 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5246, pp. 137
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5246.137


A month after a United Nations panel declared that the climate record of the last century shows subtle signs of greenhouse warming, the alarm bells rang again, as newspaper headlines highlighted 1995 as the hottest year ever. The margin, however, was so small as to be statistically insignificant. Climatologists are still waiting for a big surge in global temperature that might be an unequivocal sign of global warming.