Waiting for the warming to end

We all know that global warming has been taking place over the past 200 years. It has coincided with the Industrial Revolution — when, of course, a huge amount of coal and oil has been burned — so it’s not surprising that the warming has been blamed on the CO2 released into the atmosphere, never mind that a more than a dozen warmings and coolings have been going on in the generally warm period — the Holocene — since the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago.

What is surprising is that those who support the theory of man-made global warming seem to get a great deal more upset that those who are sceptical of it. I think the reason is that, right from the beginning of setting up the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), the very name of it assumed that changesomething unusual — had been going on. An IPCI — the last letter connoting “investigation” would have been far more appropriate.

A good example of this has occurred with the temperature rise apparently slowing down at the beginning of the 21st century, which is not explained by the IPCC. So the researchers involved took to calling it a hiatus. Global warmists replied by citing a study published in Science magazine last year that the actual recordings were unreliable. However, a more exacting study, published in Nature Climate Change, has confirmed that a definite pause in the global temperature took place between 2000 and 2014 even though fossil fuel usage had gone up by 2% to 3% a year.

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