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Global temperature highest in thousands
of years, researchers tell science journal

Updated: September 27, 2006, 6:34 PM ET
Associated Press — Sept. 27, 2006

WASHINGTON — The planet's temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Earth has been warming at a rate of 0.36 degree Fahrenheit per decade for the last 30 years, according to the research team led by James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

That brings the overall temperature to ...

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