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New research on the slowdown in global warming has sent ripples across both the scientific and denier communities. Current theories suggest that much of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere gets stored in the Pacific Ocean. Using new technology, researchers Chen and Tung find that much of the heat is sinking deep in the Atlantic and Southern Oceans.

The more scientists come to understand about the slowdown in surface temperatures, however, the more deniers try to sow the seeds of confusion. The Hockey Schtick has an "updated list of 29 excuses for the 18 year 'pause' in global warming" that is making the rounds in the deniersphere. WUWT and others attempt to discredit the emerging research by making blanket statements like, "more than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots.

The Guardian has a good summary of the study, how it fits into the existing body of scientific research, and its implications. The multitude of cause-and-effect pathways affecting surface warming trends doesn't mean scientists are stumped or in conflict, much as deniers try to spin things that way.

The climate is pretty complicated, to say the least, and science reflects that.

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  •  suggested edit? (1+ / 0-)
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    "slowdown in global warming" change to "slowdown in rising surface temperatures".
    Leaving it as is, though it's the preferred terminology of deniers, is simply untrue. there is and has been no pause or slowdown in global warming.

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 08:06:03 AM PDT

  •  I wonder what the current volcanic action (0+ / 0-)

    in Iceland will do. When it went off in the 1780s, it made the Mississippi freeze all the way to New Orleans and had ice bergs floating in the Gulf of Mexico.
    It was only a temporary effect, a couple of years, but if that refreezes the tundra, it could reset the timeline calculations a bit, give us a couple years of breathing room.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 08:18:10 AM PDT

  •  these idiots are getting any smarter. (0+ / 0-)
  •  The book When Prophecy Fails (0+ / 0-)

    highlighted in my Diary Grokking Republicans: Cognitive Dissonance makes a point of the flimsy excuses the believers trot out when confronted with the complete opposite of what they were so confident of and committed too, and also about how they then go big in the media with the excuses.

    The book reports on a UFO cult that predicted global catastrophe with rescues of the believers by the UFO dwellers. After none of that happened, they claimed that it was their faith in preparing to be rescued that convinced the UFO dwellers to call off the catastrophe. This is just as the theory of Cognitive Dissonance predicted.

    The same thing happens on every other Republican claim, like unskewing the polls for Romney. The excuse for Romney losing is massive but undetectable voter fraud. Voodoo Economics? We didn't cut taxes hard enough. And so on.

    The 29 32 36 38 39 excuses you point to that they say we are clinging to to are hilarious.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBustersā„¢

    by Mokurai on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:57:22 PM PDT

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