Global Warming No Longer Globally Warming

Global Warming

For a long time it has been said that global warming is an immediate threat the world faces, but could it be that global warming is no longer warming and raising global temperatures? Many scientists believe that the phenomenon might have actually paused resulting in steady global climate.

The term global warming might not be a new one for many. When sunlight enters the Earth’s ozone it gets trapped causing a greenhouse effect. This in turn raises the overall temperature of earth, which is termed global warming. Had it been a completely natural occurrence it would have been considered normal, but unfortunately that is not entirely the case. Human interference and involvement has also accelerated the process.

Carbon monoxide emission from cars and chlorofluorocarbons from cans and hairsprays weaken the ozone layer. The ozone layer limits complete exposure to the Sun’s ultraviolet rays, but weakened ozone means a concentrated exposure to the Sun. This was the explanation given to encourage others from adopting eco-friendly alternatives. Some were more than willing to save the earth and go green, so to speak. There were even a few who did not believe that such a thing existed and carried on with their ways. It should hence come as a shock for many to find out such an occurrence might simply pause.

There are many explanations given to explain the sudden climactic change. Some explanations are scientific while some are even psychological. Scientists believe that a combination of phenomena could be responsible for the sudden change in global temperature. The entire process starts from the El-nino Southern Oscillation, shortened to Esno. The Sun warms the Pacific Ocean throughout the year which causes huge air streams of heat to build up. Towards the end of the year, there is often a huge surge of heat which affects the overall ocean temperatures. This in turn raises the climactic temperatures and is responsible for sudden spikes in global temperature. Just as the hotter air from the ocean moves away, cooler water from within the Pacific Ocean moves in to take its place causing an overall cooling down of the ocean. This is known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Naturally when something as geographically large as the Pacific Ocean experiences changes in temperature, there are bound to be global effects from it. Maybe these changes in weather cycles are the reason global warming is no longer able to warm the global climates.

Some experts have even proposed that individuals are simply feeling that the global warming is no longer a threat when in fact it could very well be one. This observation was made when a few questions were raised as the mid-Atlantic was struck with violent blizzards in 2010. Questions such as, “If global warming really does exist why is there still so much snow?” were asked. It was concluded that humans only relate to what they feel is currently happening. Regardless of the overall facts if someone is experiencing a snowstorm then according to them the global climate is actually getting colder. For someone going through a drought, global warming could very well be a real thing.

Another interesting fact discovered was that how much a person believes in a phenomenon directly depends on their exposure to it. For someone who has never experienced floods caused by melting ice caps, global warming might seem like an urban myth. However, if an individual has lived through an event that was presumably caused by a related phenomenon, then he would be inclined to believe in that phenomenon.

Google Earth has even introduced an interface that lets you observe the overall temperature changes. Certain features allow the users to observe different parts of the world from different perspectives and find out if the Earth really is warming up or not.

It is yet to be made certain whether the effects of global warming have really paused or they are simply too insignificant to be noticed. Either way the question of how long it might stay paused does come to mind. However the fact that global warming for the time being is no longer the cause of warming global temperatures could be a sigh of relief for environmentalists everywhere.

By Hammad Ali.

Sources:
TheNational
TheNewYorker
Slate

5 Responses to "Global Warming No Longer Globally Warming"

  1. Billy Roosa   May 12, 2014 at 5:09 am

    sounds like the alarmist have a chink in their armor. Another data point that it might not be as “alarming” as we are being lead to believe. I suspect that as more research is done we will find that “it is complicated and we didn’t understand” will be the moto of the alarmist to support their errors.

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  2. R James   February 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I guess the writer has little scientific training – certainly, his explanation of “global warming” reflects this.

    What’s this sudden rise in temperature? Temperature increased 1910 – 1940, well before significant human emissions. It then did nothing for 30 years, after which is increased again at the same rate for another 30 years, and stopped. All this was expected as we come out of the “Little Ice Age”.

    The lack of warming for at least the past 17 years, plus failure of all the climate models to match real data, indicate that CO2 isn’t a strong climate driver.

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  3. Magoo   February 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Kiwiiano:

    It’s you who’ve done the faceplant because the paper you’re commenting on also acknowledges there has been no warming and tries to explain why, and the last decade has seen several La Ninas. The ‘commentary’ (i.e. empirical evidence, or observed scientific data) is from the Remote Sensing Systems not WUWT, and is only repeated on WUWT – maybe you have a problem with empirical data? If you trace the temperature record of the RSS DATA back the 17 yrs, 5months that it’s failed to warm you would see the lack of warming started mid 1995, BEFORE the ‘abnormally large El Nino’ of 1997-98 – hardly cherry picking. The numerous La Ninas in the last decade counteract the El Nino of 1997-98

    The temperature accumulated in the oceans is tiny (i.e. hundreds to thousands of a degree), nowhere near the ‘missing heat’ needed to account for the computer models failures. How that temperature got below the top 700m of the ocean without being measured in the top 700m is a big mystery for the alarmists to answer – another failure on their part.

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  4. Kiwiiano   February 10, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Any commentary derived from WattsUp is highly suspect if not blatant nonsense. The 1st sentence from Magoo does an immediate face-plant with news today that Australian scientists are on to the cause of supposed “no warming” hiatus (which is mostly created by careful cherry-picking of the starting point of the 17 years to be during an abnormally warm El Nino). Apparently 20 years of unusually strong easterly winds around the equator have pushed more of the accumulating energy trapped by the blanket of extra CO2 in the atmosphere into the oceans. The worry is that when those winds diminish and another El Nino arrives we may find we have some seriously wacky weather, even wackier than we are getting currently.

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  5. Magoo   February 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    No global warming recorded in 17 years, 5 months now according to the satellite record by RSS (Remote Sensing Systems). That means anyone entering their first year of university has never seen any global warming in their entire lifetime. A climate sensitivity of CO2 that isn’t as strong as was supposed combined with natural influences that are stronger than supposed, as suggested by this article, seem more likely than CO2 ruling the show. Especially when there’s no evidence of positive feedback from water vapour that should be obeserved in a tropospheric hotspot that hasn’t been found in over 40 yrs of seaching.

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