Jerry Thomas: New study debunks LaMalfa’s statements |

Jerry Thomas: New study debunks LaMalfa’s statements

A study by climate scientists from Stanford University released in a report Sept. 17, 2015, debunks claims by climate change deniers that there was a recent 15-year lull in global warming.

Their study thoroughly debunks all of the statements made by Congressman LaMalfa at his recent public meeting. In short the study shows that a suspected 15 year lull in global warming, seized upon by climate skeptics as evidence that climate change had ground to a halt, never happened. The Stanford researchers blame the costly misunderstanding on faulty statistical methods. Their findings debunk the idea that global warming stalled or slowdown between 1998 and 2013, despite the fact that numerous climate studies claimed otherwise. Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist in the university’s School of Energy & Environmental Sciences and co-author of the study said, “Our analysis shows that there hasn’t been any slowdown or pause, rather, it showed that global temperature is a noisy system that goes up and down, but the long term trend of global warming persists.” The full article can be read online in the September 2015 issue of Climatic Change.

Jerry Thomas

Nevada City

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