By Paul Homewood
In the news this week has been a paper by Yu Kosaka and Shang-Ping Xie, “ Recent global-warming hiatus tied to equatorial Pacific surface cooling”.
The paper has been well covered by WUWT, and essentially claims that the recent halt in global warming has been due to natural factors. As the abstract quotes:-
Our results show that the current hiatus is part of natural climate variability, tied specifically to a La-Niña-like decadal cooling. Although similar decadal hiatus events may occur in the future, the multi-decadal warming trend is very likely to continue with greenhouse gas increase.
Most are aware, but just to recap, global temperatures tend to rise during El Nino periods, and drop with La Nina conditions. Although these events can alternate from year to year, over the longer term there are periods when one or the other dominate, as can…
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