Study debunks theory of global warming “hiatus”

Dec 21, 2018, 7:00 AM EST
(Source: Andrea Della Adriano/flickr)
(Source: Andrea Della Adriano/flickr)

The groups skeptical of climate change very avidly hurl the argument of global warming “hiatus,” citing a “supposed” pause in rising temperatures from 1998 to 2003 and from 2016 to 2018. Now, two studies have put forth a detailed analysis, explaining how the whole theory of global warming slowdown is pegged in flawed inferences and blatantly false claims.

The researchers detailed that 1998 was an exceptionally warm year due to El Nino, a climatic event in which global average temperatures are elevated by warmer sea surface temperatures over a large swath of the Pacific Ocean, writes Mashable. The years thereafter continued to experience global warming, but the spike wasn’t as sharp as that in 1998 and hence the impression of a “hiatus.”

The same applies to 2016, when temperatures, boosted by El Nino, swung more steeply to the upper side than the following years. The “pause” argument is flawed and misleading, for it is based only on short-term trends and fluctuations in warming rates, reports The Conversation.