After two years of COVID-19 lockdown, many global leaders have been energized to promote similar techniques to combat climate change. However, one essential player refuses to comply with the doomsday scenarios: the atmosphere.
Since 1979, NOAA and NASA satellites have circled the earth, using advanced microwave sensors to measure the temperature on every square foot of the planet, obtaining coverage and accuracy that land- and ocean-based measurements can never match. There are still technical challenges, such as satellite drift, but Drs. John Christy and Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have calculated accurate temperature data for decades. The IPCC acknowledges them as distinguished contributors.
However, their data are not used as much as their credibility might suggest. Maybe the reason is that the satellite data do not show much global warming? For 17 years, from 1998 to 2015, the numbers indicated no warming at all. The situation became so prolonged and noticeable that scientists dubbed it the “pause” or the “hiatus” in warming, an embarrassment to the climate science community that was first denied, then trivialized, and, finally, silently acknowledged. It led mainstream scientists to admit the climate models were running too hot.
Saved by the Bell
However, a significant El Niño caused the temperature to spike to an all-time high in 2016. Doomsters were practically cheering. The hiatus was finally over, and they could once more push their message of catastrophic climate change with greater fervor than ever before.
But once more, the atmosphere refused to cooperate, and a new pause occurred. The El Niño was immediately followed by a La Niña that rapidly cooled the planet. El Niño briefly returned, but in 2021, La Niña came back for a double-dip. In January 2022, the global temperature clocked in at only 0.03°C (0.05°F) above average.
That brings the warming trend down to a meager 0.13°C (0.23°F) per decade since 1979, barely noticeable and far from catastrophic. The new pause has not lasted long enough to cool the heads of those who profit from alarmism, but the need for explanation and revision grows stronger every month that passes without warming.
No Smoking Gun
Climate science has long acknowledged that the air far above the tropics is where the most significant warming should be found. Still, Christy identified no such tropical hotspot in the satellite data when accounting for the cyclic El Niño phenomenon. This inconvenient fact undermines the narrative of humans as a source of catastrophic warming.
The Green Leap Forward
Nevertheless, the globalist elite pushes the narrative that the world needs a climate lockdown. Social media companies such as Facebook are preparing to stop the spread of what they call “misinformation” about climate.
Dr. John Cook, a research fellow at the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University in Australia, said “given that [climate change] is an existential threat, we can’t be casual about the seriousness about the threat of climate misinformation. It needs to be addressed with the same level of urgency and proactiveness that they’re showing with COVID-19 and election misinformation.”
If he and the community that he represents get their way, facts that don’t fit the disaster narrative may soon be unavailable to most people. That is what ideologues must do when reality refuses to comply.
~ Read more from Caroline Adana.