"ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- For the planet as a whole, 2010 was one of the two warmest years on record, according to three independent datasets detailed in the latest State of the Climate report, released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society.
The year 2005 tops the list of warmest years since temperature recordkeeping began in 1880.
The annual State of the Climate report is a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable climate events and other climate information from every continent. The 2010 report was compiled by 368 scientists from 45 countries.
Sand banks where Amazon rivers once flowed until the historic drought of 2010. February 2011 (Photo by Rodrigo Baleia courtesy Greenpeace UK)
The year 2010 was notable for its globally-averaged warmth, the report states."