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The "pause" in perspective. Chart courtesy of NASA GISS using meteorological station data of annual-mean surface air temperature change and base period 1951-1980
The IPCC is out with a new analysis of climate change and the verdict is hardly a surprise: There is now a 95 percent probability that human industrial activity is the dominant factor in forcing higher temperatures. Which means it's time for the usual suspect to justify their extravagant salaries by taking to the pages of various publications and spread misinformation as far and as wide as fat stacks of cash and their wingnut enablers allow. Over the past few months the Bad Astronomer has become quite the bad-ass at knocking this stuff down as fast as it gets posted and he doesn't disappoint here. I think he deserves DK-level premium pagehits for that effort:
This latest report is hardly a “headache” for the IPCC ... While denialists are distracting everyone about the “pause”, about climate sensitivity, and all that, the Arctic sea ice is melting. Antarctic land ice is melting. We just experienced the hottest decade on record. .. I could go on; Delingpole’s article is a rich source of the same tiresome anti-reality claims. I suggest you keep your browsers pointed to locations of good information, and follow real climate scientist Michael Mann on Twitter.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by SciTech.

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