CTV:Extreme weather a record in 2005 - scientists

CTV reported that extreme weather a record in 2005 - scientists:

"2005 has been hotter than any other year since records began," with the global mean temperature already slightly warmer than 1998, the current record holder.

"It was also the worst Atlantic hurricane season, with the most named tropical storms (26), most hurricanes (14), most top-category hurricanes (5) and most expensive hurricane damage."

"This year also saw the most Arctic melting and is the driest for many decades in the Amazon, while higher temperatures in the Caribbean led to extensive bleaching of coral reefs."

"Climate researchers say night-time temperatures have been increasing for two-thirds of the earth's land mass since 1950. They say the rise is directly linked to increasing atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels."

"We are seeing the fingerprints of climate change on the physical world," said Lara Hansen, of the WWF. She "and a team of colleagues compiled the list of extreme weather records using official sources, including U.S. government agencies and the World Meteorological Organization."

Gordon McBean, former head of the Meteorological Service of Canada, says it's unlikely all these things are happening purely by chance: "All this is what climate scientists have been warning would happen,"