Figures that have recently been released by Hadcrut 4, the collaboration between the Met Office’s Hadley Research Centre and the Climatic Research Unit, describing the changes in global temperature. The results are astounding, and sure to put a spanner in the wold climate debate as reported by The Daily Mail: Global warming stopped around 16 years ago.
The data was collected from over 3,000 measuring points across both land and sea, and shows that between 1997 and August 2012, there has been no discernible difference in the average global temperature.
The data must be taken lightly, as it can be misleading. Following a particularly hot year in 2010 this same data was used to suggest that global warming was on the increase. But 2011 and 2012 have been cold years which bring the trend back down and shows that global warming has no overall aggregate effect.
Climate scientists are split over this news.
Some, such as Professor Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit (co-authors of the study), believe that this period of level temperatures means nothing because it is far too short a period from which to draw conclusions.
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Others, such as Professor Judith Curry, head of the climate science department at Georgia Tech University, believe that this data is proof that models being used to predict future global warming are ‘deeply flawed’.
Although even Professor Jones later admitted that no one truly understood the impact of natural variables such as ocean temperature cycles or the changing output of the sun, both of which have been in warm phases in recent years.
By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com
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