(It’s Official) 2014: Hottest Year On Record

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Published on: 2015.01.16

While deniers continue to misunderstand the “hiatus” in global warming to mean that it stopped, it still hasn’t stopped. 2014 was the warmest year on record, surpassing the previous record-holder, 2010.

Five separate months in 2014 were the hottest ever for those months, including May, June, August, September, and October.

“The 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1997, a reflection of the relentless planetary warming that scientists say is a consequence of human emissions and poses profound long-term risks to civilization and to the natural world.”

2014 was the 38th consecutive year in which the global temperature average was higher than the 20th-Century average. No one born since 1976 (including two of my siblings) has experienced a colder-than-average year.

“Any one year being a record warm one is not in itself particularly significant, but this is one in a series of record warm years that are driven by the continuing underlying long-term global warming,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies. “We expect that heat records will continue to get broken — not everywhere and not every year — but increasingly and that does not bode well for a civilization that is continuing to add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere at an increasing rate.”

Since it’s widely accepted (except among an oddly large proportion of Americans) that human-released gases are largely responsible for this warming, it’s worth noting that two of the largest sources of greenhouse gases are burning coal to generate electricity and raising cattle for beef.

Sadly, here in the U.S., we’ve recently elected a bunch of science-deniers to control our government for the next two years (at the very least). Many of them have promised to repeal EPA regulations on greenhouse gases, to remove government subsidies for renewable energy research, and even to cut funding for NASA and the NOAA, which are among the government bureaus that study climate change.

(I’ve updated my 14 Poor Excuses To Deny Anthropogenic Global Warming page to include this entry.)

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