The Earth Is Heating Faster Than We Thought; Arctic 8x Faster Than Rest

The Earth Is Heating Faster Than We Thought; Arctic 8x Faster Than Rest  because gaps in Arctic temperature had led scientists to underestimate global warming says a new study, reports Jeremy Hance at Mongabay. Not only is the Arctic warming eight times faster than the rest of the planet, but failure to account for temperature gaps has led global datasets to underestimate the rise of temperatures worldwide. By adding in new temperature data from satellites over the rapidly-warming Arctic, scientists report that the world’s climate has not slowed in warming, as it previously appeared to some, but is warming as rapidly as predicted, with the Arctic currently facing the brunt of it.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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4 Responses to The Earth Is Heating Faster Than We Thought; Arctic 8x Faster Than Rest

  1. pawsfollow says:

    Firstly, I admire your enthusiasm, and your cause, Miss CCR. Climate change has a massive potential to do harm to our planet, but Congress often appears oblivious.
    However, given a well-documented 17 year temperature-rise hiatus (stated in most recent IPCC assessment), your article title “The Earth Is Heating Faster Than We Thought; Arctic 8x Faster Than Rest” is a wee bit misinformed, and your article may actually cause the opposite effect that you intended. Certainly, the arctic (and northern Siberia, incidentally) are warming much faster than predicted. The Earth, certainly not.

  2. melharte says:

    Welcome Aboard, pawsfollows! If you peruse through some of my previous posts, you will note that there is now observational data that indicate there has been no pause at all — around 2000 the deep oceans started to absorb much of the incoming global warming heat: increasing Earth’s water temperature, but not the air so much. But as the ocean heat sink starts “filling” up, that will change, and scientists estimate that air temp will start to rise quite rapidly! Many people mistake measuring global warming only in terms of air, when the Earth has a lot of water!

    That the IPCC doesn’t mention this is not surprising: the IPCC is often 5 years or more behind current research, as well as more conservative in its forecasts than resulting observations reveal, due to the time consuming process of assembling, vetting content, and creating a CONSENSUAL report among 1000s of scientists. These are the shortcomings of producing such a report; nonetheless, its general message is a good one. We are in BIG trouble, unless we cut emissions dramatically, via switching to clean renewable energy and upping energy efficiency fast.

  3. pawsfollow says:

    Ah, well met, melharte. Thank you for your thorough response. Your points have been duly noted. Your reply sounds quite logical, and I will certainly look at those posts.

    By the way, no sneer was intended when I called you CCR (that was an abbrev. of the “name” beside your profile). double oops

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