Things We Didn’t Know — I’m Sure There’s A Simple Explanation For Global COOLING

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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Here are the headlines from a Reuters article: Asia pollution blamed for halt in warming -study.  Of course the warmists will say, “Of course — we knew it “always.”  It just seems so simple.  I mean the way the mantra of the warmists dovetails with their “evidence” of fossil fuels being the main evidence for anthropogenic reasons for global warming and now this study — a perfect “mating” of the minds, don’t you think? The story goes:

Smoke belching from Asia’s rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur’s cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday.

The paper raised the prospect of more rapid, pent-up climate change when emerging economies eventually crack down on pollution.

World temperatures did not rise from 1998 to 2008, while manmade emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel grew by nearly a third, various data show.

The researchers from Boston and Harvard Universities and Finland’s University of Turku said pollution, and specifically sulphur emissions, from coal-fuelled growth in Asia was responsible for the cooling effect.

So, here I go with my ignorant mind:  I now understand there has been no global warming since 1998; at least according to this article. Is this what the warmists have said?  I don’t think so:

A U.N. panel of climate scientists said in 2007 that it was 90 percent certain that humankind was causing global warming..

There’s an elusive 10% … must be those stupid skeptics.  But wait!  There’s was before the above:

“It has been unclear why global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008,” said the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

A peak in temperatures in 1998 coincided with a strong El Nino (sic) weather event, a natural shift which brings warm waters to the surface of the Pacific Ocean every few years.

Subsequent years have still included nine of the top 10 hottest years on record, while the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said 2010 was tied for the record.

“A peak in temperatures in 1998 coincided with a strong El Niño weather event in the Pacific which brings warm water, yada yada …”  Yes, you have read right and El Niño is in no way anthropogenic if it is natural and not a natural result of something humans have mucked-up..

It looks, according to this new revelation, as though COAL is the culprit along with efforts to cut pollution:

Sulphur aerosols may remain in the atmosphere for several years, meaning their cooling effect will gradually abate once smokestack industries clean up.

The study echoed a similar explanation for reduced warming between the 1940s and 1970s, blamed on sulphur emissions before Western economies cleaned up largely to combat acid rain.

“The post 1970 period of warming, which constitutes a significant portion of the increase in global surface temperature since the mid 20th century, is driven by efforts to reduce air pollution,” it said.

Read the last quoted paragraph until you have it memorized.  I am flummoxed by this new information when coupled with the tubs of bull butter previously spread.

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