With the help of a new study, scientists are now able to explain the pause in global warming. Their findings show that the decrease in climate change may be connected to the variations in temperature that occur naturally at the surface of the Pacific Ocean. This phenomenon, however, is bound to stop and the process of global warming will continue from where it’s left.
This is not the first scientific paper that tries to find a solid argument for this “pause” in climate change. Other studies linked this phenomenon to the decrease in solar activity or to a unique increase in global activity worldwide.
The slowdown in global warming was announced in 2013 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The rate of climate change recorded during those last 10 years was actually lower than the numbers obtained in 1951. This was the moment all skeptics were waiting for as they found an argument that would strengthen the theory according to which global warming is a natural phenomenon rather than something humankind provoked.
The scientific society was also amazed by this announcement and quickly started to look for a reason behind this phenomenon.
According to a study conducted in 2014 and published in the journal Science on February 27, 2015, climate change is experiencing a slowdown due to variations in temperature that occur naturally at the surface of the Pacific Ocean, a phenomenon known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Scientists have already warned that this benefic event is likely to end. Last year also broke the record in terms of temperatures.
The Pacific Decadal Oscillation consists of temperature variations both at the ocean surface and beneath it. This event lasts a few years.
The team involved in the research noticed that “the oscillation is sharply decreasing”, with lower temperatures characterizing the surface of the ocean and higher temperatures at sub-surface levels. The team of researchers showed that their paper brings new evidence in support of the results obtained in the previous research (which also found a link between the “pause” in global warming and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation).
Scientists did, however, stress out the fact that the so-called pause in global warming might soon be over while other scientific opinions claim that this cooling phenomenon will more likely continue. But no one is saying that the human involvement in climate change is something to ignore. While not everything is yet clear on what should be done to prevent further damage and to manage the current state of the climate as best we can, all voices agree that something should definitely be done in this direction.
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