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Global warming will soon resume, scientists say



By RYAN GORMAN

A new study has scientists concerned that the recent slowing of global warming is only temporary and that temperatures are poised to resume dramatically rising.

Researchers cited lower-than-expected sun irradiance and fluctuations in the El Niño/La Niña cycles in the Pacific Ocean for the departure, but found both are expected to soon return to expected levels.

Researchers from ETH Zurich found that longer than normal solar cycles have led to lower than expected temperatures as a result of a weaker sun, according to the results of the study published in Science Daily.

Sun irradiance greatly affects the Earth's climate. It has been lower since the turn of the century than climate change models expected, partially explaining the lack of rising temperatures.

Sun spot cycles previously lasted 11 years but have, for an unknown reason, lasted 13 years during a period of weak irradiance. A number of volcanic eruptions have also launched significant amounts pollution into the air, further diluting the sun's effects on the planet, the study found.

Also possibly playing a role are the El Niño warming and La Niña cooling cycles in the Pacific Ocean, according to the team.

"1998 was a strong El Niño year, which is why it was so warm that year," said Reto Knutti, Professor of Climate Physics at ETH Zurich.

Significant gains in global warming science were made at the end of the last century, and many predictions were based on upward trending temperatures during the 1990s.

Knutti explained that the models did not take a strong La Niña in recent years coupled with lower sun irradiance joining forces to keep temperatures stable into account.

This combination is only a speed bump in the climate change steamroller.The models look deep into the future and do not account for these fluctuations.

"Short-term climate fluctuations can easily be explained," said Knutti. "They do not alter the fact that the climate will become considerably warmer in the long term as a result of greenhouse gas emissions."

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Roger August 20 2014 at 5:48 PM

Forcing anyone to change their way of life because of a theory is bullying at its best.

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thegraygator August 20 2014 at 5:49 PM

"Global warming" and "Climate change"... one of the biggest mutli-trillion dollar frauds pulled on the people of this planet. I'm still trying to figure out how taxing us more cools the Earth, and that's what this is really all about...MONEY and POWER.

CC and GW are all based on computer models and almost 90% of these models have been proven to have been incorrect.

Our planet is directly affected by the sun's activity, not man-made C02, which, btw, has been claimed to heat the Earth, never PROVEN to heat the Earth.

14,700 years in the middle of an ice age we had 15 times the Co2 levels we do now. What caused that? Neandertahls driving SUV's?

Or have we forgotten the UN's International Panel on Claime Change "expert" Dr. Phil Jones who's e-mails were discovered claiming that all his models for disaster were wrong? Where's he at now? Well, all his multi-million dollar grants were given to other "scientists" who will toe the party line.

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skidrowtom August 20 2014 at 6:00 PM

My research over six decades indicates that summers tend to be warmer and winters tend to be colder. Spring and fall are somewhere in between.

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songbirdgray August 20 2014 at 5:55 PM

THE EARTH WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED BY MAN , ONE DAY IT WILL BE CHANGED AND THERE WILL BE A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH, AND GOOD NEWS IS THERE WILL BE NO OBAMA IN IT!

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donrahilly August 20 2014 at 5:53 PM

We have never heard so much crap. Now that global warming is being debunked someone has to keep the crap going. Such idiocy.

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Brian August 20 2014 at 5:47 PM

Oh my Gosh, I am so sick and tired of hearing this irrational babel from scientists who have no idea what the hell the sun is going to do next week, let alone next year. The 4th paragraph is very enlightening. Scientists expected to have 11 year cycle but lo and behold they got a 13 year cycle. What other expectations are they going to be surprised about? If they practiced real science, they would know better not to sound like everything they say was infallable.

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songbirdgray August 20 2014 at 5:52 PM

MORE POLITICAL RHETORIC, IF THE SUN IS WEAKENING WHY ARE'T WE GETTING COOLER , NOT WARMING, THIS IS ALL BALONEY! PEOPLE EXPLOITING AN IDEA TO MAKE MONEY FOR THEM SELVES , ANY WAY GOD CONTROLS THE CLIMATE .

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aries932 August 20 2014 at 5:47 PM

the sky is falling!..the sky is falling!...time to get religion...

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BRUCE August 20 2014 at 5:44 PM

The best thing that could happen to planet Earth would be for the sun to explode.

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zjk2 August 21 2014 at 2:19 AM

WOW some brite bulb has decided that the sun has a lot to do with the earths climate , who would have ever thought that , we are in the presents of gods

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