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.
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.
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.)