Global warming underestimated

Three posts in one day! I must be procrastinating. But I just have to share this youtube video which explains some research conducted by someone from the University of York – a very fine institution in a very fine city – as well as someone from the University of Newfoundland. According to their newly published paper, the rate of global warming has been significantly underestimated over the past 16 years.

Since 1997 the globe has been warming 2.5 times faster than the met office figures.

The reason for this is explained quite well in the video and it’s because observations of surface temperatures are only available where there are instruments for measuring temperature and these only cover about 84% of the planet. Consequently there are entire regions of missing data and one of these regions is the rapidly warming Arctic.

*UPDATE*
Victor Venema has a good post about this paper on his blog, Variable Variability.
Michael Tobis also has a good post about it called The Disappearing Hiatus.

6 thoughts on “Global warming underestimated

  1. Reblogged this on Wotts Up With That Blog and commented:
    Given that Rachel has published two posts today, I feel that it would be okay to reblog one of them. The video in this post is very interesting and suggests that the supposed “hiatus” (which refers to surface warming only) has been rather over-emphasised. Including the polar regions (which are typically not included in surface temperature datasets and which typically warm faster than other regions) indicates that there may have been no “hiatus” in surface warming. A video well worth watching even if what it suggests is not particularly comforting.

  2. Northernbike,
    Most of my posts are quick snippets of information/photos/travelogs and they don’t generally take a great deal of time. Your posts tend to be longer and more detailed. You could say you are opting for quality over quantity. Or perhaps I’m just not getting out enough 🙂

  3. Some believe this warming is natural because they said we are in a climate cycle. Others believe that we near a new ice age. But for me, whatever it is, our climate is changing for the worse. People should take that as for real. The Philippines is the perfect example of how climate change affects lives.

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