Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The science is settled.........

Except when it isn't.......

Global warming has been temporarily 'paused' according to a group of scientists, who attribute this interlude to climate fluctuations and a more restrained sun. 

No shit? Who would have thought that the sun would have some impact on global warming?

But apparently there are other things that impact the climate as well.

The first is that global temperatures, which rose significantly in the 1990s, have only risen very slightly since 1998 - which has been used by sceptics to question climate change and the models used to measure it.

However, climate fluctuations such as El Niño and its counter-phenomenon La Niña have been shown to have caused the high in 1998 and following cooler years respectively. Climate models cannot predict when exactly these fluctuations will happen.

The other reason for the lower temperatures is weak solar irradiance. As well as fluctations in the climate, changes in the intensity of solar irradiance have been showing unusual patterns. The researchers also say that volanic eruptions, such as Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland in 2010, "have increased the concentration of floating particles (aerosol) in the atmosphere, which has further weakened the solar irradiance arriving at the Earth's surface".

So wait, you mean that El Nino's, La Nina's, also have an impact on climate as well?

But you can't figure what the impact is, but you are certain that humans have the most impact?

And you call me a denier?

I've got an question. Since apparently the science is settled. Why is the government spending resources investigating something that's "settled"?

I'll bet if the funding gets cut off, things will be less "settled"


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