Was 2014 really the hottest year on record?

January 19, 2015 4:31 PM

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Is climate change real, has the Earth got warmer, and was 2014 truly the hottest year on record? NASA waded into the heated argument over heat with unequivocal claims that we can't ignore rising temperatures, citing not only its own numbers but those of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and concluding the environment is getting hammered by greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. However, while the claims may be bold, other researchers are less convinced that the results are so clean-cut, arguing that the sheer complexity of taking an average of the world's temperature leaves certainties far from reach.

According to NASA and NOAA, nine of the ten warmest years since figures were recorded have been since the year 2000, only 1998 spoiling the clean sweep.

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