Whomever abducted the earth's warming over the last 15-plus years will have to answer to a lot of people, specifically the environmental alarmists and the spoon-fed media. Scientists have been scrambling to explain the halt in global warming, blaming it on everything from the heat being absorbed by the deep oceans to La Nina. As AFP reports:
Contrary to earlier predictions, warming of Earth’s surface in recent years has not occurred in lock-step with rising levels of heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere.
…over the last 15 years, the increase has slowed to a rate of 0.05 C (0.09 F) per decade, even though fossil-fuel carbon emissions continue to break new records.
Remember how scientists scolded us by saying natural climate variability does not explain the less than 1°F increase in surface temperatures over the last century?
As AFP writes:
“The current hiatus is part of natural climate variability,” they [scientists] said.
But never fear, because a new computer simulation has found the missing heat. This time it's ocean circulation and the cooling of the Pacific Ocean. Emphasis added:
The new study, published in the journal Nature, uses a climate model — and not observed data, which is generally considered stronger — to say the riddle is explained by ocean circulation.
…Under El Nino, a buildup of exceptionally warm water moves across from the west to the eastern Pacific. Under La Nina, things go into reverse, and the ocean in the eastern Pacific becomes cooler than normal. In both cases, extreme droughts or rainfall can result.
AFP is also now changing the start of the industrial period as most people understand it to 1750, which they state is when CO2 began to start rising. Again, emphasis added:
Since 1750, the start of industrialisation, levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have risen by 40 percent. Concentrations rose from 278 parts per million to 390.5 ppm in 2011.
This is disingenuous at best as history books have rightly pointed out that our "full-blown" use of CO2-emitting products didn't begin until the "acceptance" of the automobile, specifically Ford's Model T. It is considered by most historians that by 1920, "the 5,000-year reign of the horse as the mover of humans and freight" had ended.
Even at 390 parts per million, carbon dioxide makes up a miniscule amount of our atmosphere. Imagine if you had one million red jelly beans and 390 of them were blue (CO2).
Or put another way, the amount of CO2 that makes up all our atmospheric gases is so insignificant it is called a trace gas, and what is not used by plants and other organisms is absorbed by the largest carbon sink on the planet: our oceans.