Remember, how there was much joy about the recent “slowdown” or “pause” in atmospheric warming? Turns out, that never happened. In a study published in Science, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that Earth’s global average surface temperature had climbed 0.2 of a degree Fahrenheit each decade since 1950, without interruption.
Scientists have struggled to explain to the public how climate change can be getting worse if the warming of the planet’s surface slowed in the recent past. They have tries to find reasons and formulated a lot of theories–like a rare calm solar cycle, heat absorption by the oceans, etc.
Meanwhile, climate change skeptics have touted the hiatus as evidence that climatologists have greatly miscalculated the warming effects of fossil-fuel emissions.
Now the NOAA has declared that there has been no pause at all. The earlier data was erroneous because of inconsistencies in how and where the data was collected.
See the ominous graphs below? No slowdown like we thought, our progress toward the roasting pan is in line with our efforts to get there.
Now there is fresh debate of course, about the validity of the new data and the process of data collection. More to come in the weeks ahead.
Link to the complete NOAA article, here.