Reports that global warming is finally slowing down is being explained by the heat that is stored in the depths of the Southern and Atlantic Oceans. Ideas that it was thanks to the Pacific Ocean are now being discounted a recent research has claimed.
The down side to the news is the revelation that this could be just a temporary step and the natural cycle that occurs whereby the ocean buries the heat will change in around 15 year’s time and the temperatures will start to rise again.
Climate change sceptics appear to be using this temporary change as proof that the theory is wrong while for scientist there is the confusion thrown up as their believes used to be that the causes ranged from Chines power stations to volcanic eruptions.
The author of the paper Ka-Kit Tung a professor at the University of Washington has said“the finding is a surprise, since the current theories had pointed to the Pacific Ocean as the culprit for hiding heat. But the data are quite convincing and they show otherwise.”
They continued that the role played by the Pacific Ocean is not being discounted but now believe that the Pacific has a short term affect and the Atlantic a long term one. Floats across the world have brought in temperature data and Tung has said that the information they now have does not support the “Pacific-centric” opinion that was held in the past.
Commenting on the work, a climate scientist from the University of Reading Jon Robson has stated that the new data did not rule out the Pacific having a role in the slowdown of global warming. He said “this paper does elevate the Atlantic’s role, which has been largely ignored before. This does suggest a role for the Atlantic but there’s a lot more to it than that.”
Piers Forster at the University of Leeds is also not fully in agreement with the latest research saying “this paper suggests that heat disappearing into the depths of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans are the dominant cause. Their ideas seem fine but I’m also convinced there is more going on.” He went on to say that it was good as it emphasised climate change as a long term trend.
This report comes after the US and UK National Science Academies both stated that the rising temperatures were man made rather than a natural event.