Source: The heat is on; NOAA, NASA say 2014 warmest year on record, by Seth Borenstein. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 16, 2014. (Associated Press)
Extended Quote by Rudgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis:
"The globe is warmer now than it has been in the past 100 years and more likely in at least 5,000 years. Any wisps of doubt that human activities are at fault are now gone with the wind."
Notes: According to this Associated Press article:
The National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration and NASA both calculated that 2014 was the hottest year globally in the 135 years of record keeping. Just weeks prior, The Japanese weather service and an independent group out of University of California, Berkeley, measured 2014 as the hottest on record.
Earth broke NOAA records for 2010 and 2005. Even more, 9 of the 10 hottest years on record have occured since 2000. The odds of this happening randomly are about 650 million to 1, according to University of South Carolina statistician John Grego. Two other statisticians confirmed his calculations.
Climate scientists say one of the most significant parts of 2014's record is taht it happened during a year where there was no El Nino weather oscillation. During an El Nino, when a specific area of the central Pacific warms unusually and influences weather worldwide, global temperatures tend to spike. Previous records, especially in 1998, happened during El Nino years.
Closed minded climate skeptics like to claim the world has not warmed since 1998 or the past 18 years. However, Texas A&M University climate scientist Andrew Dessler and other experts said the latest statistics should end claims by nonscientists that warming stopped.
According to Pennsylvania State University professor and climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann, "We are witnessing, before our eyes, the effect of human-caused climate change."
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