The latest data from NASA shows that the trends in temperatures across the globe over the last decade and a half appear to be lower than they were for the previous decade, showing that “global warming” still continues to be stopped in its tracks. That’s not to say that there wasn’t individual years where temperatures were above average, however over the course of time they’ve remained steady, with some years even being cooler than average.
Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said that “We’ve been looking at this in separate work and partially it seems to be a function of internal variability in the system, so the fact is that we’ve had more La Nina-like conditions over the last few years compared to earlier on in the 2000s or in the late 1990s.”
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For those who are unfamiliar, “La Nina” refers to cooler than average surface temperatures in the ocean and affects weather patterns across the world.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change[IPCC] estimates that the Earth’s temperatures should be increasing by .2 degrees Celsius annually, which means that based on current data from NASA it’s currently .3 degrees Celsius cooler than it should be, says David Whitehouse, the BBC Science Editor who holds a doctorate in astrophysics. He states that based on the data “the ‘pause’ in global surface temperature that began in 1997, according to some estimates, continues.”
He’s working with two sets of data, one from NASA which shows 2013 being tied with 2009 and 2006 as the 7th warmest years on record, and one from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association[NOAA] which shows 2013 being the fourth warmest year tied with 2003.
NASA’s data shows 2013 having an average temperature of 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mid 20th century baseline temperature. NASA’s data also shows global temperatures have risen 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880.
Government scientists often stress that changing weather patterns also affect global temperatures and that the emission of so-called “greenhouse gasses” plays a major role as well. They claim that on an annual basis temperatures may not rise but each decade will show an increase in average temperatures. They also claim that volcanoes, solar activity, smog and volatile organics play a role in the temperature changes as well.
Government scientists use the natural causes of temperature fluctuations as a crutch of sorts, claiming that because they’re not able to control what happens naturally that their predictions have been off, and they’re still struggling to figure out why temperatures haven’t risen in the last 17 years. However they still hold to their guns and claim that it’s the carbon emissions from humans that are causing the climate to change, even though the climate has continually changed throughout the entire life of the Earth.
Some scientists would argue that the ocean absorbed the “greenhouse gasses” and others would say it’s a result of the ever changing climate on Earth, but at least they all can somewhat agree that their predictions aren’t accurate for one reason or another.
Where’s Al Gore when the truth of the matter finally comes out?
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