October 18, 2014

15-year warming pause

THE existence of a more than 15-year “pause” in average global surface temperatures has been “settled” but scientists remain split on what it means for the future.

While the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has continued to rise, global surface temperatures have not increased at the same pace, causing speculation over what has happened to the “missing heat”.

Some leading climate scientists claim the missing heat has been absorbed by the world’s oceans and will return with rapid future warming. But new research has found the Earth’s climate is much less sensitive to carbon dioxide than previously thought.

Michael Asten from Monash University’s School of Earth ­Atmosphere and Environment said that, while opinions on causes differed, the existence of the pause was settled.

“Only activists dare claim the pause in global temperature does not exist,” Professor Asten said.
So let's hear it from the activists, shall we: 
Climate Council chief executive Amanda McKenzie said her organisation, which includes Will Steffen and Tim Flannery, did not accept there had been a pause.

“No, 2013 marked the 37th year in a row that the yearly global temperature was hotter than the average,” Ms McKenzie said.

“Vested interests have been using the so-called pause to spread doubt and misinformation.”

Vested interests.  "So-called pause".  Misinformation. 
Ah, activists, you've got to hand them regular awards for being so darned cute with their misinformation and continual failure to address the issue by venturing to explain, scientifically, creditably, what the proven pause in so-called global warming means, and explain why their current activist pay packet is not a vested interest.

The pause is settled, kiddies, you know, the way that global warming is settled.  It's beginning to look like picking and choosing your settled science findings.  Oh, that's right, because that's exactly what it is!

15-year warming pause is 'settled'

Meanwhile, more sensible and honest people might say, even did say:
“In light of all this, we have at least to consider the possibility that the scientific establishment behind the global warming issue has been drawn into the trap of seri­ously overstating the climate problem in its effort to promote the cause.

“It is a particularly nasty trap in the context of science because it risks destroying, perhaps for centuries to come, the unique and hard-won reputation for honesty which is the basis of society’s respect for scientific endeavour.”
A pause for this message climate change numbers aren't adding up

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