No Slow Down in Global Warming

Jonathan Chait: “Over the last couple of years, the conservative movement, which loves science, has had a completely scientific-based reason for skepticism about climate change. The Earth’s temperature seemed to be rising at a slower rate than scientists had predicted. The global warming ‘pause,’ as it was inaccurately called — it was actually ‘getting warmer at a slower-than-expected rate,’ rather than an actual pause — served as grist for a massive flow of coverage expressing skepticism about scientific models and climate change.”

“But fortunately we now have an answer. A new paper released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finds that the apparent slowdown in warming was an artifact of mis-measurement. The Earth is not warming at a slower rate. It’s warming at the same fast pace as it did the previous decade.”


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