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Global Warming On Hold? Discovery Channel Thinks So!

Every now and then, you can find a nugget of truth buried in the hype about global warming. Discovery has printed such a nugget in an article that asks why global warming predictions have not come true:

Earth’s climate continues to confound scientists. Following a 30-year trend of warming, global temperatures have flatlined since 2001 despite rising greenhouse gas concentrations, and a heat surplus that should have cranked up the planetary thermostat.

“This is nothing like anything we’ve seen since 1950,” Kyle Swanson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee said. “Cooling events since then had firm causes, like eruptions or large-magnitude La Ninas. This current cooling doesn’t have one.”

Oh, this current cooling trend does have a cause, if the people at the Discovery Channel would only look in the right place to find it:

Vanishing Sun Spots A Prelude To Global Cooling?
Michael Asher
International Climate Science Coalition
February 9, 2008

2008 Ends Spotless And With 266 Spotless Days, The #2 Least Active Year Since 1900, Portends Cooling
Joseph D’Aleo CCM, AMS Fellow via WattsUpWithThat Blog
December 31, 2008

But the Discovery article ignores all of this and instead tries to stir more climate fears by making a completely unsupported prediction that warming will return in about 30 years and be coming on stronger than ever.

Maybe someone should try telling that to our sun.

You can access the original article on-line here:

Global Warming On Hold?
Michael Reilly
Discovery News
March 2, 2009