Since we're discussing global
warming climate change, a new article is up on one of my new favorite websites, World Climate Report:
I don't want to snicker, but...well. I'll just say that in fifteen or twenty years this whole thing is going to be viewed as one of the dumbest "scientific" pushes ever made.
The ocean is a huge flywheel that integrates and stores long-term climate changes. Consequently, when computer models are driven with ever-increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide, the deep oceans warm, warm, and warm. But it takes time to start up, just like a big pot of water heated by a small match. Once the process starts, though, nothing should be able to stop it.
That’s the current wisdom of our climate models, but like current wisdom on so many other aspects of life, nature has behaved differently.
Within weeks, a paper is going to appear in the refereed journal Geophysical Research Letters, by John Lyman of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, showing that, globally, the top 2500 feet of the ocean lost a tremendous amount of heat between from 2003 through 2005—about 20% of all the heat gained in the last half-century.