Is global Warming/Climate change in decline?

Is global warming/Climate change in decline?


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unclefred

Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
6,731
Oregon coastal mountains
I'm not sure if decline is the right term, but the rate has slowed the last ten years. Now, ten years is not long enough to state definitively but I would say the rate of warming has slowed, at least.

 

Rasta

Ad Honoris
Aug 2009
21,071
Minnesnowta
Climate change is always happening. Reality is forever in flux.
 

Belgarion

Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
6,821
Australia
The climate is always changing, however this phenomenon has been seen by various vested interest groups as a way of manipulating the public.
 
Feb 2008
6,041
trapped inside a hominid skull
Yes, the conspiracy theory ( the one that makes the ridiculous claim that EVERY scientific organization in the world of national and international reputation is part of a conspiracy ) is well funded by the corporations that pollute.
I wish people would stop all this Bigfoot, Mason, Illuminati nonsense and just accept the fact that the world's scientists are not part of an evil conspiracy.
 
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Pedro

Forum Staff
Mar 2008
17,201
On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
Global warming...my how times and language have changed. When I was a kid it was called spring.:)
 
Feb 2008
6,041
trapped inside a hominid skull
The site I gave is not talking about seasonal change. it is referring to a trend that has lasted decades.
 
Dec 2009
19,933
One of the most objective measurements of the global warming is the melting of the polar ice sheets.
It has actually accelerated during the last years.
Polar Ice Sheets Melting Faster Than Predicted

The thick glaciers covering Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than scientists expected
By Lauren Morello and ClimateWire | March 9, 2011 | 11


Ice loss from the massive ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica is accelerating, according to a new study.
If the trend continues, ice sheets could become the dominant contributor to sea level rise sooner than scientists had predicted, concludes the research, which will be published this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters​.
"The traditional view of the loss of land ice on Earth has been that mountain glaciers and ice caps are the dominant contributors, and ice sheets are following behind," said study co-author Eric Rignot​, a glaciologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine. "In this study, we are showing that ice sheets, mountain glaciers and ice caps are neck-and-neck."
But that could soon change, Rignot said, because the rate at which ice sheets are losing mass is increasing three times faster than the rate of ice loss from mountain glaciers and ice caps.
"I don't think we expected ice sheets to run neck-and-neck with mountain glaciers, which basically sit in a warmer climate, this soon," he said. "At the same time, the mass loss on the ice sheet is not very large compared to how much mass they store."
Rignot was part of a research team that also included scientists from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.
The researchers based their analysis on a comparison of two different methods to measure ice loss.
Sea level rise estimates likely to increase
One source was NASA's twin GRACE satellites, which orbit the Earth about 200 kilometers apart from each other. Small changes in the planet's gravity field can push the satellites together, ever so slightly, or pull them apart -- variations that scientists use to interpret the terrain below.
The second method combined different satellite data that measure the speed at which the ice sheets flow to the ocean, airborne measurements of the ice sheets' thickness and a regional climate model. Combining the speed and thickness measurements allowed the scientists to determine how much ice was flowing into the ocean, while the climate model allowed them to estimate how much snow was falling on the ice sheet. Subtracting one from the other produced a "mass-balance" picture of net ice loss or growth for each ice sheet.
The two data sets overlapped for an eight-year period, from 2002 to 2010, and showed similar results. Based on that close agreement between the two measurement methods, the scientists had confidence that the full 18-year record produced by the mass-balance method was generally accurate...
Read more: Polar Ice Sheets Melting Faster Than Predicted: Scientific American