Has Global Warming Slowed Down

Over the past few years, the world’s attention has increasingly shifted towards the effects of global warming and the urgency of protecting our planet from its potentially catastrophic impacts on the environment, the economy and our everyday lives. While opinions differ on the effectiveness of the measures taken to counteract the rise in global temperatures, the question of whether or not global warming has slowed down remains a contentious one.

At first glance, the observational evidence appears to suggest that global warming has indeed slowed down. Since 1998, the global average surface temperature has risen at a slower pace than in the decades before, averaging only 0.04°C per decade compared to 0.18°C per decade between 1951 and 2012. This pause in global warming is linked to a range of natural climate cycles and processes, such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, both of which regulate the temperature of oceans and consequently the atmosphere.

However, in spite of such temporary fluctuations, the overall impact of man-made climate change remains undeniable. While global temperatures have remained static for a number of years, the impact of climate change continues to be felt in many parts of the world, with storm intensity increasing, melting glaciers levels in the Antarctic, rising sea levels and a peak in the number of droughts and heat waves over the past decade.

Various research studies have further corroborated this evidence, with a recent report by the World Meteorological Organization revealing that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded and highlighting the ‘long-term warming trend caused by human emissions’. Similarly, a study published in Nature Climate Change in August 2018 revealed an increase of 2.08°C in global temperatures since the pre-industrial era, in stark contrast to the apparent plateau in temperatures since 1998.

Ignoring the problem of global warming is not only detrimental to our planet, but might have devastating repercussions for humankind and our wider ecology. Everyone has a responsibility to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change, from going green at home by switching off unnecessary appliances, to taking public transport when possible or reducing consumption-driven activities. Some states are already making strides in this direction, with California recently committing to transitioning to 100% clean electricity by 2045.

Given the sheer magnitude of the threat posed by global warming, concerted efforts must be made to prevent further climate change. In addition to government policies and legislative frameworks, we must also act as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint, so as to ensure a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Ernestine Warren is a passionate environmentalist, author, and advocate for the protection of the Earth's precious resources. She has written extensively on the causes and effects of global warming, providing accurate information to help educate people on how to combat this major global problem. With a background in science and biology, Ernestine has the tools to help develop solutions that meet everyone's needs while minimizing environmental damage. Her hope is that each person can do their part for the planet and make a real difference to help reduce climate change.

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