Reuters: scientists struggling to explain 15 years of global cooling

From the left-leaning Reuters news service.


Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding and defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions.

Often focused on century-long trends, most climate models failed to predict that the temperature rise would slow, starting around 2000. Scientists are now intent on figuring out the causes and determining whether the respite will be brief or a more lasting phenomenon.

[…]”The climate system is not quite so simple as people thought,” said Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish statistician and author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” who estimates that moderate warming will be beneficial for crop growth and human health.

Some experts say their trust in climate science has declined because of the many uncertainties. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had to correct a 2007 report that exaggerated the pace of melt of the Himalayan glaciers and wrongly said they could all vanish by 2035.

“My own confidence in the data has gone down in the past five years,” said Richard Tol, an expert in climate change and professor of economics at the University of Sussex in England.

I think it’s important to note that science is not to blame for these failed predictions. What is to blame is government handing money to corrupt charlatans who then produce “scientific research” that proves that bigger government is needed to control capitalism and constrain individual liberty. In effect, government bribed the university charlatans to fake research that would trick the public into voting for more government control of job creators and their employees. The fastest way to solve this would be to get the government out of the higher education business and let science serve the needs of ordinary people instead of corrupt socialists.

5 thoughts on “Reuters: scientists struggling to explain 15 years of global cooling”

  1. Title of the post is misleading. The linked article refers to the phenomenon as a “warming slowdown”, which is obviously not the same thing as “global cooling”.


  2. Notice the “could” there. “Could happen” does not constitute “is happening”. Regardless, even if one wants to claim that a recent dip from the previous trend of warming is “global cooling”, it seems to me to make the same mistake alarmists make of the warming data: making too much of fluctuations. The latest article you link substantiates that by still insisting that temperatures will still have increased overall well after the (possible) cooling period.


    1. There’s been no warming since 1998:


      “The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.

      Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.

      Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.

      The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

      Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

      And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.”

      We are in a cooling trend and it’s going to continue for decades.


      1. Again, note the measured language that is different than your own. That there has been no “statistically significant” warming is not the same thing as *cooling*, much less a decades-long global cooling period that even your own source posits only in the hypothetical.


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