Yesterday we explored the murderous lies of a U.S. Senator, one of #47Traitors, as he attempted to shame a courageous public servant whose job is to protect the U.S. citizenry from harmful pollution.
There is a real reason why sociopathic murderous liars like Senator Jeff Sessions have been allowed to get away with this kind of behavior. We have been blessed with a decade of slower than normal warming.
This is why
Warming Has Continued on the 30-Year Trend
We have continued to warm on the 30-year trend line, even though major forces have been at work in recent years that act to cool the planet. These forces have allowed us a brief period of 'pause' in the increased expansion of warming. However, those pressures continue to grow. This effect provides a dangerous environment where the effects of climate change are stalled while Koch Brothers hired propagandists work under camouflage to ensure we waste this precious time and lock-in even more warming in the near future.
The Forces that Have Worked to Cool the Earth in Recent Years Are:
Sun's Current Solar Activity Cycle Is Weakest in a Century
Our star is now at "solar maximum," the peak phase of its 11-year activity cycle. But this solar max is weak, and the overall current cycle, known as Solar Cycle 24, conjures up comparisons to the famously feeble Solar Cycle 14 in the early 1900s, researchers said.
"None of us alive have ever seen such a weak cycle. So we will learn something," Leif Svalgaard of Stanford University told reporters here today
As the ocean's surface temperatures go, so does the globally averaged temperature trend. This makes sense, since the ocean provides the heat regulation of the planet, and covers the vast majority of its surface.
In 1998 after the last super El Nino, the surface temperatures of the ocean have been reasonably stable.
NASA scientists recently announced that a giant, smoggy atmospheric "brown cloud" that forms over South Asia and Indian Ocean has intercontinental reach, and has effects around the world.
Ever since 1998, peat fires from Indonesia and fine particulate haze from unregulated coal and gasoline air pollution in China has produced a MASSIVE regional dimming of the regional sunshine. This has caused a persistent cooling of both land and, more importantly, ocean surface temperatures along the Western Pacific.
See all of the cooler blue water near China and Japan?
Those patterns are caused by changes in surface winds associated with regional air pollution.
How much effect has this had regionally? In 2001 Dr. Xu showed that the sun had become dimmed by over 10% of the total incoming solar radiation!
And that was using data collected in the 1990s!
China's pollution has affected the entire globe, including the arctic and is seen as a potential driver of California's
drought, the recent slowdown of arctic sea ice loss
and even the cold, snowy winters in the eastern half of the U.S.
So what are the implications for the future?
. . .Stay tuned for part III tomorrow!
Part I: The Murderous Lies of Sen. Jeff Sessions
Part II: The Goldilocks Decade
10:40 AM PT: This is part II of a three part series.
Here is a coming attraction for tomorrow's final episode
What happens when these forces shift back?
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