The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are known authorities in weather analysis, and they have stated that 2014 was the hottest year in global temperatures since 1880; but another authoritative scientific team – the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project – has come out to challenge the claims made by the earlier two authorities.
Boffins at BEST have contradicted the claims made by experts at NASA, NOAA, and the UK Met Office, saying statistical facts do not support their hypothesis that 2014 was the hottest year since 135 years ago. BEST was set up to establish objective facts in this area and the agency is trying to rise up to its billing.
As a matter of fact, hundreds of thousands of thermometer readings from world oceans and seas over decades have been done even though this is no simple task – but critics are of the opinion that temperatures at any given location continue to surge up and down several degrees each day and over the course of any given year – affecting the accuracy of readings. Saying one year is therefore hotter or colder than the other appears like pushing the limits of statistics and available data.
According to BEST, “Our best estimate for the global temperature of 2014 puts it slightly above (by 0.01 C) that of the next warmest year (2010) but by much less than the margin of uncertainty (0.05 C). Therefore it is impossible to conclude from our analysis which of 2014, 2010, or 2005 was actually the warmest year.”
Based on this assertion, BEST seeks answer to the “hiatus” of whether global warming was stalled for the last 15+ years or not. Given the fact that excessive amounts of carbon-dioxide has been emitted during this hiatus period – this is estimated to be a third of all that has ever been emitted by humanity since the Industrial Revolution. But the debate continues with NASA and NOAA pushing for government economic reforms as a way of arresting the rising trend of global warming, while BEST calls for caution before taking any decision that endangers humanity.