NASA: 2010 Likely To Be Warmest Year In 130 Years Of Tracking
The spike, which is set to beat the previous record set in 2005, has left some areas of the Arctic with a third less ice than usual.
Researchers say man-made climate change and an El Nino--or natural warming of water--in the Pacific Ocean combined to cause the record-high temperatures.
The news came a day before nearly 200 countries approved a new set of small measures to curb global climate change. The same nations also have another year to extend the 13-year-old Kyoto Protocol, which offers stricter regulations on emissions levels and funds the bringing of clean energy to third-world countries.