Scientists admit that there has been no global warming between 1998 and 2013, even though the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has continued to increase. A new study claims to account for this so-called “pause” in global warming. It turns out, there are “natural fluctuations” in the climate. Who knew?
The scientists claim that a little cooling blip has cooled things off in the last decade or so, but that the global warming will soon resume. Read about the findings after the jump.
But doesn’t this research miss the point? Does invoking “natural fluctuation” really give us a cause? What causes the fluctuations, and if they are “natural,” might they account for other temperature phenomena, including those blamed on human agency? More fundamentally, if greenhouse gasses can increase without making the temperature of the earth go up, doesn’t that suggest that there may be problems with the assumptions behind the computer modeling that give us the dire global warming forecasts? [Read more…]