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matt-ridley-in-the-wsj-whatever-happened-to-global-warmingWatts Up With That?:

Now come climate scientists’ implausible explanations for why the ‘hiatus’ has passed the 15-year mark.By MATT RIDLEY

Anthony Watts

September 5, 2014

 

Sept. 4, 2014 7:20 p.m. ET THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

On Sept. 23 the United Nations will host a party for world leaders in New York to pledge urgent action against climate change. Yet leaders from China, India and Germany have already announced that they won’t attend the summit and others are likely to follow, leaving President Obama looking a bit lonely. Could it be that they no longer regard it as an urgent threat that some time later in this century the air may get a bit warmer?

 

In effect, this is all that’s left of the global-warming emergency the U.N. declared in its first report on the subject in 1990. The U.N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).

 

Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.

 

First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or “hiatus”), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.

 

Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature—a possibility that they had previously all but ruled out.

 

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HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY NO GLOBAL WARMING! AFTER NEARLY TWO DECADES, WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR THE CLIMATE TO CHANGE

 

 

All right, so we're slightly premature. By one measure - according to Bishop Hill - we're still a month away before "no global warming" achieves its coming of age.

 

But by other measurements, as Matt Ridley notes in the Wall Street Journal, we're already as much as 19 or even 26 years into "no global warming" "depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere."

Still, whichever measurement you pick, it's really not looking good for the Warmists - whose stubborn ongoing refusal to acknowledge the failure of the planet's temperatures to accord with their computer models' doomsday predictions is starting to look so shameless and desperate it's really about time they considered a name change. How about "deniers"?

 

Sure, they've found lots of excuses to explain the so-called "pause" in global warming. ("Pause" by the way is a most unscientific term which we really shouldn't allow them to get away with. It presupposes that they know that continued warming is inevitable. Which they don't. No one does - and that's the fundamental problem)Scissors-32x32.png

 

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/09/05/Happy-18th-Birthday-No-Global-Warming

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