It’s been noted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that 2016 was probably the warmest year on record, but this is within normal variation according to a new UK report.
The climate policy group Global Warming Policy Foundation’s (GWPF) has released an assessment which attributes the temperature rise to a strong El Niño current which raised tropical ocean temperatures. The report is based “exclusively on observations rather than climate models,” unlike the research conducted by the UN and government agencies which support the global warming hypothesis.
Ole Humlum, author of the report, physical geography professor at the University Centre in Norway and global warming skeptic, claims that these warm temperatures are natural cycles, rather than a manmade disaster. “There is little doubt that we are living in a warm period,” he said, “however, there is also little doubt that current climate change is not abnormal and not outside the range of natural variations that might be expected.”
The Daily Caller explains the assessment:
Humlum found that while 2016 was the warmest year on record, it was mostly due to the incredibly strong El Niño. The WMO, on the other hand, claims El Niño only contributed between 0.1 to 0.2 degrees Celsius to 2016’s record 1.1 degree Celsius anomaly.
He argues El Niño was the main driver behind record high temperatures last year because “global air temperatures were essentially back to the level of the years before the recent 2015–16 oceanographic El Niño episode.”
The GWPF’s findings contradict those of the WMO, which claims that El Niño is only a small part in overall global warming evidence.