Global Warming Hiatus Was Just a Bookkeeping Error, According to Scientists

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The latest scientific discovery debunks the idea of a global warming hiatus

The global warming hiatus between 1998 and 2012 was the crux of many climate change deniers to dismiss the rise of temperature across the world. A new study, however, is here to shed light into this seemingly natural slowdown.

Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the study blames the global warming “pause” on missing data.

Xiangdong Zhang, an atmospheric scientist with the International Arctic Research Center, states we haven’t been able to fit Arctic temperature increases into the global perspective. The reason is simple enough: they didn’t have enough data-collecting instruments in the Arctic.

As a result, global temperature simulations did not take into account the Arctic data, thus the results came back distorted.

Zhang and his team analyzed the data taken by the International Arctic Buoy program along with revised sea surface data taken by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

They then introduced the new figures into their global temperature models and the results were different from the get-go.

“We recalculated the average global temperatures from 1998-2012 and found the rate of global warming had continued to rise at 0.112°Cper decade instead of slowing down,” said Zhang.

The research showed that the Arctic had a big influence on global temperatures. This disproves many people’s notion that the region is too small to exert any significant effect.

“It’s a necessary part of the equation and the answer affects us all,” Zhang stated.

Scientists theorized in the past that the global hiatus was due to a warmer El Nino between 1997 and 1998 plus an extended occurrence from the warm phase in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The “pause” was debunked by another study in 2015 yet the paper was deemed too controversial. The latest findings, however, should be enough to settle the debate once and for all.

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