Scientists have debunked statistical models that appear to show a 15-year pause in rising global temperatures, reports the Christian Science Monitor:
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In a changing climate, it’s easy to understand the impulse to seek out good news. But some scientists may have been too hopeful.
Many climate scientists have observed that, since 1998 or so, the rise of global temperatures had stopped, or at least slowed down, in what has been variously called climate change’s “pause” or “hiatus.”
But, there was no global warming “hiatus,” say Stanford scientists.
The pause was actually a statistical error, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Climatic Change.
“The alleged or purported hiatus in the warming of the global climate system does not have a sound scientific basis,” says study lead author Bala Rajaratnam, an assistant professor of statistics and Earth system science at Stanford University.