Arctic sea ice. (Credit: NOAA)
Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have reviewed temperature data collected in the past to find that the long-believed slowdown in global warming may not have been real after all, according to the New York Times. The data that the pause was based on, they say, appear to have been inaccurate.
After making corrections for problems in the ways global temperatures had been measured in the past, the slowdown lessened, scientists found. And when they averaged in the warmer-than-normal temperatures of 2013 and 2014, it completely disappeared in the data set.
Scientists at other government agencies have not yet agreed with the findings of the work, which is published in the journal Science. And it is being criticized by others who do not believe in climate change and say the study’s findings are proof of an agency bias.
Top image: Arctic sea ice. (Credit: NOAA)