2010 could be the hottest

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Global warming will resume its upward climb again next year, the British Met Office predicted at the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen - forecasting that 2010 will be the hottest year recorded for the world.

The coming 12 months will be hotter than 1998, currently the hottest year in the 160-year-old instrumental record, Met Office officials said.

Weekend weather quiz

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Last weekend's quiz proved a little tough for some but a few people managed impressive scores. This one has a little more of an international flavour.

1/ What is the worlds highest recorded temperature?

2/ Does Sydney have more rain than Auckland in an average year?

3/ What year did Cyclone Bola hit NZ?

Winter storm exits US, Canada - but another is brewing

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Freezing temperatures plagued much of the nation Thursday after a major storm moved into Canada, but another storm that will dump more snow in the Sierra Nevada was brewing, forecasters said.

That storm, which is expected to start overnight, should last several days and eventually make its way eastward, like its predecessor, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. The Sierras, straddling California and Nevada, received more than 3 feet of snow in the last few days.

Polar bears' fate worsens

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New pictures show that polar bears are beginning to cannibalise each other as global warming destroys hunting grounds.

The images, taken in Hudson Bay, Canada, around 321km north of Churchill, Manitoba, show a male polar bear carrying the bloodied head of a polar bear cub it has killed for food.

Major storm moving east across U.S.

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The first major storm of the season pounded the western United States before moving eastward into the Colorado Rockies and beyond, the National Weather Service said Tuesday (United States time).

3 dead as wintry weather hits the United States

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Much of the United States was braced for severe winter weather last night, as a major storm hit California while an unrelated first round of wintry conditions snarled commutes in the Midwest.

The storm hitting California was expected to affect weather across the country through Thursday NZT.

Key global climate talks begin in Copenhagen

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The drumbeat rousing world leaders to action on climate change is fading out as delegates get down to the business of negotiating a global deal at climate talks in Copenhagen.

Almost 100 heads of state have confirmed they will attend the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties, or COP15, which begins Monday in the Danish capital.


UK Met Office to publish climate records

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The UK's weather service, the Met Office is to publish station temperature records that make up the global land surface temperature record.

Professor John Mitchell, director of climate science at the Met Office told CNN: "We are releasing the data to reassure people that climate data is sound."

The data includes information from more than 1000 stations worldwide and will be published online next week.

Know your weather?

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Back by popular demand!

We started this quiz last month and a number of you scored remarkably well.We've made this one a little more challenging and are you up to the task? We'll provide the answers first thing tomorrow morning.

1/ Is New Plymouth or Timaru the sunniest centre?

Climate change approach flawed - NASA scientist

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LONDON - A top Nasa scientist said Tuesday that he would rather see no agreement at the Copenhagen climate conference because the whole approach to climate change is so deeply flawed that it would be better to start from scratch.

James Hansen told Britain's The Guardian newspaper he believed that any agreement that may emerge from the upcoming conference will be deeply flawed.