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The pace of global warming appears to be slowing, with the average temperature in the world in 2008 registering a rise of 0.2 degree compared with the average rise between 1971 and 2000, according to preliminary data released Monday by the Meteorological Agency.

This was the 10th largest margin of increase from an immediate benchmark average since 1891, the year in which the oldest data are available, the agency said.

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