What Happened to Global Warming?

The BBC asks:

This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures. And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

So what on Earth is going on?

Climate change sceptics, who passionately and consistently argue that man’s influence on our climate is overstated, say they saw it coming.

They argue that there are natural cycles, over which we have no control, that dictate how warm the planet is. But what is the evidence for this?

During the last few decades of the 20th Century, our planet did warm quickly.

Recent research has ruled out solar influences on temperature increases
Sceptics argue that the warming we observed was down to the energy from the Sun increasing. After all 98% of the Earth’s warmth comes from the Sun.


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3 Comments on "What Happened to Global Warming?"

  1. tenmilesky | Oct 12, 2009 at 2:04 am |

    Researching RAW DATA, and not data already digested and selectively edited, paints a different picture than the profit-minded alarmists and their followers would have you believe. The Earth will forever go through cycles of change.

  2. polymorpheous | Oct 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm |

    thanks for the post majestic! had to throw this on my facebook for all of my mainstream friends to see. (likely ignore, but hey, i try!)

  3. What is most important is not average temperature, but to look at the whole Earth system, which is in fact taking on more energy. Although it appears that the planet may have cooled over the past few years (and climate predictions show cooling over the next couple), what is most important is to look at the ice melt, which has only increased, dramatically. Most of the increase in global energy has gone to the oceans and melting the ice. Once the ice melts, the positive feedback loops will really kick in…

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