Scientists explore causes of the pause in warming

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Summary:  Today we look at papers exploring the causes of the pause in warming of the surface atmosphere temperature, now {June 2014} in its second decade. This is one of the world's most important science priorities, which will guide public policy for the next decade. Do we need a crash program to control CO2 emissions, … Continue reading Scientists explore causes of the pause in warming

Still good news: global temperatures remain stable, at least for now.

Summary:  Today we look at good news (rarely seen here), the stabilization of global temperatures. The long rise during the past two centuries, which produced many forecasts of imminent doom, has leveled off since the late 1990s -- as shown by all the major temperature datasets.  It's not something the mainstream wants us to know, … Continue reading Still good news: global temperatures remain stable, at least for now.

The quiet sun is getting a lot of attention. What are its effect on us?

Summary:  Skeptic websites are agog with confident statements that solar cycles drive much of the decadal variation in Earth's climate.  Not only is there no clear physical mechanism, but recent analysis suggests that the historical correlation might not exist as well.  Both questions lie on the frontier of science.  Here are some recent papers, a selection … Continue reading The quiet sun is getting a lot of attention. What are its effect on us?

What can climate scientists tell us about future weather? Part two of two.

Summary:  This is a review of the climate science literature, giving a perspective different than that shown us by the news media.  This is just a selection from the vast, rapidly growing body of research on the frontiers of knowledge about this vital subject.  As past comments to thei series show, true believers on both sides of … Continue reading What can climate scientists tell us about future weather? Part two of two.

What can climate scientists tell us about future weather? Part One of Two.

Summary:  What can we expect from Earth's climate during the next decade or so?  Unfortunately climate sciences forecasts have become footballs in public policy debates.  Can we see through the fog?  Here we see a selection of articles explaining the current state of the climate sciences.  This is the fourth in a series of posts; at the … Continue reading What can climate scientists tell us about future weather? Part One of Two.