Has Global Warming Paused? Scientists Say Yes

Scientists are now saying that global warming is on pause, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

According to Cleveland.com, researchers in Great Britain report there currently is a “pause” in the gradual increase of worldwide temperatures.

They say that the earth has been on pause for the past 15 years, and surface temperatures on the earth have not increased on average since the late 1990s, officials with the U.K’s meteorological office report.

The Independent stated the following:

“A scientific assessment of the planet’s heat balance has found that the most likely explanation for the recent hiatus in global warming is the continual absorption of thermal energy by the huge “heat sink” of the deep ocean many hundreds of meters below the sea surface, according to scientists from the Met Office.”

Professor Rowan Sutton, a climate scientist at Reading University said, “some people call it a slow-down, some call it a hiatus, some people call it a pause. The global average surface temperature has not increased substantially over the last 10 to 15 years.”

Sutton continued on to say that “climate scientists absolutely expect variations in the rate at which surface temperature will rise….but that is not to say we understand all the details of the last 10 to 15 years.”

Professor Stephen Belcher, head of the Met Office Hadley Centre, said that a pause in the rate of increase in global temperatures lasting this long is unusual but not exceptional, with similar pauses of about 10 years expected on average twice every century.

Belcher also stated that the most likely explanation for the current pause is that excess heat trapped by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is being transferred from the atmosphere to the oceans.

From there the heat is transported down to deeper layers that cannot be monitored by satellites.

“It looks like the Earth is continuing to accumulate energy but it looks like it is being re-arranged and hidden from view,” he said.

So global warming is on pause, and not going away according to scientist. To many, this could be a positive, but if it’s really just being rearranged like Belcher is suggesting, then that means there is still more research to be done.

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