New Research Confirms the Oceans Are Warming

Source: The Verge/Alessandra Potenza - January 5, 2017 in Environment

New Research Confirms the Oceans Are Warming
Image: Los Alamos National Laboratory

New research confirms that there wasn’t a pause on global warming in the oceans — only a change in measurements. This confirms findings from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and may finally put to rest the controversy about an apparent slowdown in rising global temperatures.

The controversy heated up around five years ago, as many scientists, including the International Panel on Climate Change, acknowledged the so-called “global warming hiatus” — the perceived “pause” in rising global temperatures at the beginning of the 21st century. The slowdown was particularly apparent in ocean temperatures. Scientists struggled to explain the data and climate skeptics pointed to it as evidence that climate change is a hoax.

“Some people, particularly some US politicians, were using this slowdown to argue that climate science must be wrong, and therefore we don’t need to do anything,” study co-author Kevin Cowtan of University of York, in the UK, tells The Verge.

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