Climate change denial come in all forms, with the selectively nonsensical at one end and the cautiously incredulous at the other. In the former case, such as with Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, even if the man does believe that God prohibits global warming from being true, he’s also into the fossil fuel industry for just under $1.8 million – putting him at odds with any science that could put a dent in that gold-plated pocketbook.
The latter type of climate denier is really more of a skeptic, one who is willing to accept that the climate is changing but hasn’t quite decided why. If they’re particularly curious, they may take a look at the science and find that a common point amongst the denial camp is that the global warming trend has slowed down since about 1998. This is referred to in the literature as the “global warming hiatus.”
Planet Expert and Distinguished Professor of Meteorology Michael Mann refers to this as the global warming “faux pause,” attributing it to gaps in the observational data. The majority (90 percent) of the Earth’s heat is being absorbed by the ocean, Mann and other experts write, which is having devastating consequences now but will prove even more catastrophic in the future.
Back in June, an updated analysis of global surface temperatures was published in the journal Science, which confirmed Mann’s prediction and showed how the “gap” in observational data had been filled by improved ocean temperature measurements and more recent land temperature measurements. Planet Experts’ editor-in-chief Pierce Nahigyan did a thorough writeup on the data, which can be found here.
Now NASA has published a study of their own that further reinforces the findings of the previous Science report. According to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Earth’s missing heat has been accumulating in the depths of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. An examination of observational data from the past two decades shows that “cooling in the top 100-meter layer of the Pacific Ocean was mainly compensated by warming in the 100- to 300-meter layer of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the past decade since 2003” (illustrated in the graphic below).
“The western Pacific got so warm that some of the warm water is leaking into the Indian Ocean through the Indonesian archipelago,” said Veronica Nieves, the lead author of the study.
“In the long term, there is robust evidence of unabated global warming,” she added.
It should be noted that this is study is precisely the kind of science presidential candidate Ted Crus (R-TX) thinks NASA should be doing less of.