Global Warming on Hold?
After a period of rapid global warming throughout most of the 20th century, the pace of global temperature rise has slowed over the last decade to 15 years. Climate researchers argue, in a new report, the slowdown is a result of natural and decades-long variations in sea water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Currently, the Pacific Ocean is in a cooling state and \"masking\" the effects of human-caused global warming, according to the study. But this is just a temporary condition and is expected to end soon. In the next decade, it's believed we'll see the opposite. The Atlantic and Pacific multidecadal oscillations occur on a scale of 50 to 70 years.
Some scientists say the effects of aerosols and clouds, often trapping heat, are often missing from many climate models. But they say these findings are a step in the right direction in terms of proving the relevancy of global climate change.