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Climate models failed to predict that the temperature rise would slow Theories for the pause include that deep oceans have taken up more heat with the result that the surface is cooler than expected
Global warming stopped 16 years ago, Met Office report reveals: MoS got it right about warming... so who are the 'deniers' now?By David Rose
The £200 million-a-year official weather forecaster often gets it wrong This week it has admitted there is no evidence that ‘global warming’ is happening The Met Office quietly readjusted its temperature projections on its website on Christmas Eve
An international alliance of climate scientists says that contrary to the general perception, and despite widely-reported rises in global temperature towards the end of the 20th century, there has in fact been no measurable increase in droughts over the past 60 years.
Figures released by the UN's World Meteorological Organisation indicate that 2012 is set to be perhaps the ninth hottest globally since records began - but that planetary warming, which effectively stalled around 1998, has yet to resume at the levels seen in the 1980s and early 1990s. The WMO figures are produced by averaging those from the three main climate databases: those of NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the British one compiled jointly by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia.
Scientists returning from a seaborne expedition to the Arctic say that the ongoing panic in some quarters regarding runaway emissions of methane from the chilly polar seas - and associated imminent global-warming disaster - appears to be unjustified. For those unacquainted with this particular panic, the idea is that rising Arctic sea temperatures caused by humans in recent times are causing methane locked up as hydrates on the chilly seabed to be emitted into the atmosphere as gas – as methane hydrates are only stable at very low temperatures and high pressures. Methane, as any fule kno, is a hugely more powerful greenhouse gas than CO 2 , so this would cause more warming which would then release more methane from the seabed until once again planet Earth becomes a baking lifeless hell.
A group of Swedish scientists at the University of Gothenburg have published a paper in which they argue that spreading peatlands are inexorably driving planet Earth into its next ice age, and the only thing holding back catastrophe is humanity's hotly debated atmospheric carbon emissions.
The world's media is extremely excited at the thirty-year record low extent of sea ice at the North Pole which occurred just days ago: but almost nobody is reporting on the fact that something almost equally unusual is going on down around the coasts of Antarctica. Whoa, that's a lot of ice Even as the Arctic sea ice starts to grow again from its summery shrunken condition, the austral ice at the planet's other pole may have yet to reach its wintery peak extent.
A new analysis of data from dedicated satellites shows that one of the main factors predicted to drive rising sea levels in future has been seriously overestimated, with major implications for climate talks currently underway in Doha. The new methods involve filtering out noise from the data produced by the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) spacecraft, sent into orbit with the aim of finding out just how much ice is melting from the world's ice sheets and glaciers. Such water then runs off into the sea, providing one of the main potential drivers of sea level rise - which is itself perhaps the main reason to worry about climate change.
New ice core data from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed that temperatures in the region during the past 10,000 years have often been higher than they are today, and that warming of the sort seen there recently has also occurred in the pre-industrial past.
Study of semi-fossilised trees gives accurate climate reading back to 138BC World was warmer in Roman and Medieval times than it is now
80-year-old photo plates from Danish polar explorer Prove that Greenland's glaciers melted faster in 30s than they did today Brief cooling period mid-century re-froze ice Pre-satellite images of ice shelves are extremely rare By Rob Waugh
By James Delingpole PUBLISHED: 01:05 GMT, 17 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:09 GMT, 18 June 2012 They used to call it ‘Flaming June’.
Climate change is already proving to be a hot topic in the race to become the next U.S. president - and it’s one of those issues that's just guaranteed to polarise voters.
By Tamara Cohen