Researchers writing in the journal Nature Geoscience are perplexed that the theory of global warming isn’t holding sway over what the Earth has actually been doing for the past 14 years.
Revising one’s views about such an inconvenient truth isn’t easy, so the international group of scientists who published the report is being cautious in how the news is presented.
“It has been argued that this observation might require a downward revision of equilibrium climate sensitivity,” the researchers admit. “The most extreme projections are looking less likely than before.”
The trend of increasing global temperatures as a result of the warming of Earth’s atmosphere halted in 1998 and has remained relatively stable since then.