February 25, 2014
FIRST EVOLUTION, NOW GLOBAL WARMING....:
Has global warming paused? (James Mitchell Crow, 2/23/14, Cosmos)
Global warming has many climate scientists pretty hot under the collar right now. But it's not because of rising temperatures, quite the opposite: in the last decade global temperatures have barely budged.From the late 1970s to the late 1990s, average air temperatures around the world rose by around half a degree. But since then, the warming seems to have paused. Global air temperatures today are barely any higher than they were in 2000, almost a decade and a half ago.Computer models did not predict this. Bumps in the road were expected, but overall the climate was predicted to keep on warming at roughly 0.2 degrees per decade. It has started to become a bit of an embarrassment to the field.It wasn't so bad at the beginning of the pause. "When people asked what was going on we would say it is just natural variation," says Matthew England, a climate researcher at the University of New South Wales. Some years are simply hotter than others, and the pause would soon end. "But then the hiatus got longer and longer," he says. Today, average air temperatures are cooler than the very coolest scenarios predicted by the models. According to US record keepers the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2013 was equal-fourth hottest year on record - the same as 2003.
...and they wonder why no one takes Sciencism seriously?Posted by Orrin Judd at February 25, 2014 7:08 PM
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