Jan
07
2008

Has global warming stopped?

Looks like we may not need such a big thermometer after all: Despite ever-increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, global temperatures have not gone up in nine years.  What gives?
Looks like we may not need such a big thermometer after all: Despite ever-increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, global temperatures have not gone up in nine years. What gives?Courtesy arbyreed

Y’know, it’s been a while since we’ve had a good dust-up over global warming here at the Buzz. Last month, 10,000 delegates attended the UN’s climate conference in Bali (most of them traveling by jet and producing more of the carbon they’re supposed to be reducing), and there was hardly a peep. Even when 100 scientists signed a letter poking holes in the popular conception of global warming, nobody here said a word.

Oh well, what can I say? Holiday rush, end-of-the-year malaise…we had other things on our minds. But today, as the Midwest in experiencing record-shattering warmth (62° in mid-Michigan on January 7!), comes news that global warming…has stopped! It seems that global temps peaked in 1998, settled down a bit, and have been basically unchanged since 2001. So, for the past nine years, while humans continue to pump more and more carbon into the atmosphere, global temperatures have… done nothing.

How to explain this phenomenon? Well, there are a couple of wacky European scientists who argue that climate is driven by the Sun rather than by humans, but that’s obviously just crazy talk. The mystery of the missing warming continues.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I've been reading a lot on this subject lately. I do not associate myself with a political party and have simply wanted to get to the bottom of this issue. I just thought I should let you know that I thought the language in your blog/article was crude and lacks the most basic journalistic integrity. I'm glad to see you cite your sources, but it would behoove you to write in a more mature fashion if you want be taken seriously by anyone capable of critical thought.

posted on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 8:18pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Irony is a subtle art.

posted on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 12:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like how he dicounts a scientific theory ..sun activity.as .."crazy talk" when a growing number of scientists have concluded that sun activity has coinsided with warming and cooling.....They are so locked into their positoins that they can't think outside the box...That' not science thats "crazy thinking"

posted on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 5:02pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Subtler than I realized, apparently.

posted on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 6:25pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I enjoyed the comments that followed the articles you linked to. I wasted too many hours reading, but I got a good look at both sides of this argument - opened my eyes. I do want to be open minded and I am glad you are pointing out evidence against the "consensus" opinion.

posted on Tue, 03/04/2008 - 8:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Great!!!! I love this.

posted on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 2:53pm
JARVIS's picture
JARVIS says:

If this is really true, how do we even know if we are the ones who made global warming happen? And if we didnt what is to happen to the hybrid cars and all of our efforts to stop global warming?

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:13am
hawa's picture
hawa says:

How can we help to stop global warming today?

posted on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 10:24am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

In a recent interview, Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Australia's Institute of Public Affairs, notes that global warming has stopped, and that the head of the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Control, the UN organization which studies the issue) has acknowledged the same.

Marohasy NOTES:

"Well, the head of the IPCC has suggested natural factors are compensating for the increasing carbon dioxide levels and I guess, to some extent, that's what sceptics have been saying for some time: that, yes, carbon dioxide will give you some warming but there are a whole lot of other factors that may compensate or that may augment the warming from elevated levels of carbon dioxide. "

She also describes how recent satellite data contradicts many of the computer models scientists have developed to predict future climate.

posted on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 1:39pm
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

when is global warming really going to happen?

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 3:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Really

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 3:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

its happening right now smartstuf!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 5:26pm
Revets's picture
Revets says:

100 Scientists signatures
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=164004

Scientist Letter to Bali Conference
http://www.nationalpost.com/most_popular/story.html?id=164002

posted on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 11:45am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

The BBC has an update.

posted on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 6:25pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

As does Der Spiegel.

posted on Fri, 11/20/2009 - 5:31pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

An answer may be at hand. Susan Solomon, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has found that levels of water vapor in the atmosphere have dropped in the past ten years. Water vapor is the most abundant greenhouse gas, and its effects can overwhelm those of carbon dioxide.

No word yet on whether the EPA will now attempt to regulate steam…

posted on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 8:32pm

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