Introduction — Feb 10, 2014
Are those who promote the notion of man-made global warming beginning to sound desperate or just absurd? Because scientists now claim that global warming has apparently stalled because unusually strong Pacific Trade winds have countered the expected rise in temperatures.
They are also now warning that when those winds ease the world could see a sudden and dramatic rise in global temperatures.
Just as they claimed over a decade ago when the Independent confidently predicted that “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past“.
Recent harsh winters have put paid to that claim, with Tokyo recording one of its heaviest snowfalls in decades over the weekend. So for the time being we’ll reserve judgement on whether we’ll experience a rapid rise in global temperatures in the coming years.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not dismissing the idea that we could see a dramatic rise in global temperatures. It’s just that certain groups seem to have a vested interest in persuading the public of the reality of global warming and they are using the media to do this
It is time to beat the heat
Business Standard — Feb 10, 2014
There may be an abrupt rise in global average temperatures in about a decade, scientists have warned.
New research finds that strong trade winds have driven more of the heat from global warming into the oceans.
But when those winds slow, that heat would rapidly return to the atmosphere causing an abrupt rise in global average temperatures.
Heat stored in the western Pacific Ocean appears to be largely responsible for the hiatus in surface warming observed over the past 13 years.
The dramatic acceleration in winds has invigorated the circulation of the Pacific Ocean, causing more heat to be taken out of the atmosphere and transferred into the subsurface ocean, while bringing cooler waters to the surface.
“Scientists have long suspected that extra ocean heat uptake has slowed the rise of global average temperatures, but the mechanism behind the hiatus remained unclear,” said Matthew England, chief investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.
“But the heat uptake is by no means permanent: when the trade wind strength returns to normal – as it inevitably will – our research suggests heat will quickly accumulate in the atmosphere,” he added.
So global temperatures look set to rise rapidly out of the hiatus, returning to the levels projected within as little as a decade, he cautioned.
We are just seeing another pause in warming before the next inevitable rise in global temperatures, said the research published in the journal Nature Climate Change.