2014 Hottest Year on Record, According to NOAA State of Climate Study

noaaThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a new study on Thursday which shows that 2014 was the hottest year on record, according to recent data. Their findings were complied by the NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate and published in the State of the Climate in 2014 report.

The report shows the biggest indicators of climate change and how they have set new records around the warming Earth. The information was gathered from 413 scientists from 58 countries, from instruments based on land, sea, in the air, and in space, regarding monumental storms and high levels of atmospheric toxins.

The NOAA found that human-induced climate change is brought upon by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from levels of carbon pollution hitherto unknown to science. Scientists measured that the average temperature of the oceans is currently 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average.

The tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean have also perturbed by oscillations stemming from El Nino, causing a disruption in ocean currents. Moreover, Arctic sea ice is at its lowest since the study began being released decades ago. Many scientists claim 2015 will be even hotter.

By Alex Lemieux


NOAA: International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

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