Warming Interruptus: Causes For The Pause
What is the reason for the lack of warming observed at the surface of the Earth since about 1997? Many causes have been proposed, and with increasing frequency, but most only represent partial explanations. There are clearly more putative causes than can possibly be the case.
The pause has given climate science several things. It has provided a reassessment of the importance of natural climatic variability and its relationship to human influences on the climate. It has also shed light on the role of so-called sceptics as well as the successes and failures of climate communication.
Here are the current explanations for what has been called the biggest problem in climate science.
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