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Study debunks the global warming pause

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Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 04:51 AM by AlexMuller

There is no substantive evidence for a hiatus in global warming, new research from the University of Bristol, has found. The researchers examined 40 scientific articles published between 2009 and 2014 that addressed the presumed hiatus and found no agreed definition of such a hiatus, when it began and how long it lasted.

 
The researchers then compared the distribution of decadal warming trends during the 'hiatus', as defined by the same scientific articles, against other trends of equivalent length in the entire record of modern global warming. The analysis showed that all definitions of the 'hiatus' in the literature were found to be unexceptional in the context of other trends.
 
The researchers also found that, if sample size is small, the 'hiatus' will always appear to be present. For example, anyone making a claim for a 'hiatus' of 12 years or below (a claim made by a third of the articles studied) will find one, not because something new and different is happening, but because small sample sizes provide insufficient statistical power for the detection of trends.
 
Professor Lewandowsky said: "Our study raises the question: why has so much research been framed around the concept of a 'hiatus' when it does not exist? The notion of a 'pause' or 'hiatus' demonstrably originated outside the scientific community, and it likely found entry into the scientific discourse because of the constant challenge by contrarian voices that are known to affect scientific communication and conduct."
 
Discussing climate change using the terms 'pause' or 'hiatus' creates hazards for the public and the scientific community, the study concludes. Professor Lewandowsky said: "Scientists may argue that when they use the terms 'pause' or 'hiatus' they know, and their colleagues understand, that they do not mean to imply global warming has stopped.
 
"But while scientists might tacitly understand that global warming continues notwithstanding the alleged 'hiatus', or they may intend the 'pause' to refer to differences between observed temperatures and expectations from theory or models, the public is not privy to that tacit understanding.
 
"Therefore, scientists should avoid the use of 'pause' or hiatus' when referring to fluctuations of global mean surface temperature around the longer-term warming trend. There is no evidence for a pause in global warming."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-11-25
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I agree that is important to avoid terms such as hiatus or pause that could mean that global warming is not happening at least for some time. However it is also important to evaluate impact of measures that we are implementing to slow down this process
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-11-25
+1
Indeed, we need to be able to measure the effect and describe benefits of measures such as reduction in CO2 emission on the climate change. Otherwise, people would think that nothing can work Reply
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