But this is explained by a new study, it revealed that Earth’s average surface temperature has increased by 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit each decade since 1950, largely due to the heat trapping properties of greenhouse gases.
The findings of the study flew in the face of the recent narrative that for some inexplicable reason, global climate change was causing temperatures to remain more or less constant across globe.
Various theories tried to explain the slowdown in temperature increase, including volcanic ash and dust blocking radiation from reaching the surface, a rare low period in the solar cycle, and absorption of massive amounts of heat by the world’s oceans.
Climate skeptics have clung on to the hiatus as evidence that global warming was little more than a scam.
The new findings have drawn criticism from both environments from thousands of land station, research ships, buoys, some of which had been collecting data since 1889.
Judith Curry, a climatologist at Georgia Tech didn’t find the new NOAA study convincing at all. Curry studies natural variability in climate cycles and said that these changes can cause more of an impact than greenhouse gasses from industrial sources and other human activities. She said the study was published solely for political purposes.
Willian Patzert, a NASA climatologist said that the NOAA going over the data again was going thing, but he also believes that hiatus actually happened.
The study claimed that the problems with how temperature data is collected might have masked the oceans ability to absorb heat energy coming from sun. After correcting for those problems, the study found that he hiatus vanished from the data.
Whether the slowdown in global warming observed over the last 15 years is the result of faulty data collection or some actual phenomenon we have yet to understand, but it is not guaranteed that the slowdown will last forever.