burt wrote:> - ICE melts all over the world, this means that we have a strong
> VISIBLE warming of the earth.
Der Spiegel wrote:> Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out
> Global warming appears to have stalled. Climatologists are puzzled as
> to why average global temperatures have stopped rising over the last
> 10 years. Some attribute the trend to a lack of sunspots, while others
> explain it through ocean currents. ...
> Otherwise, however, not much is happening with global warming at the
> moment. The Earth's average temperatures have stopped climbing since
> the beginning of the millennium, and it even looks as though global
> warming could come to a standstill this year. ...
> The planet's temperature curve rose sharply for almost 30 years, as
> global temperatures increased by an average of 0.7 degrees Celsius
> (1.25 degrees Fahrenheit) from the 1970s to the late 1990s. "At
> present, however, the warming is taking a break," confirms
> meteorologist Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences
> in the northern German city of Kiel. Latif, one of Germany's
> best-known climatologists, says that the temperature curve has reached
> a plateau. "There can be no argument about that," he says. "We have to
> face that fact."
> Even though the temperature standstill probably has no effect on the
> long-term warming trend, it does raise doubts about the predictive
> value of climate models, and it is also a political issue. For months,
> climate change skeptics have been gloating over the findings on their
> Internet forums. This has prompted many a climatologist to treat the
> temperature data in public with a sense of shame, thereby damaging
> their own credibility.
> "It cannot be denied that this is one of the hottest issues in the
> scientific community," says Jochem Marotzke, director of the Max
> Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. "We don't really know why
> this stagnation is taking place at this point."
> Just a few weeks ago, Britain's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction
> and Research added more fuel to the fire with its latest calculations
> of global average temperatures. According to the Hadley figures, the
> world grew warmer by 0.07 degrees Celsius from 1999 to 2008 and not by
> the 0.2 degrees Celsius assumed by the United Nations
> Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And, say the British
> experts, when their figure is adjusted for two naturally occurring
> climate phenomena, El Niño and La Niña, the resulting temperature
> trend is reduced to 0.0 degrees Celsius -- in other words, a
> The differences among individual regions of the world are
> considerable. In the Arctic, for example, temperatures rose by almost
> three degrees Celsius, which led to a dramatic melting of sea ice. At
> the same time, temperatures declined in large areas of North America,
> the western Pacific and the Arabian Peninsula. Europe, including
> Germany, remains slightly in positive warming territory.
> http://www.spiegel.de/international/wor ... 92,00.html
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