Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions, by David Rose. Good to see that at least the tabloid press has picked this up, though the mainstream media otherwise are deathly quiet about this, after talking up the El Nino warming of the last year as “proof” of carbon dioxide warming. It wasn’t.
Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C since the middle of this year – their biggest and steepest fall on record. …
The fall, revealed by Nasa satellite measurements of the lower atmosphere, has been caused by the end of El Nino – the warming of surface waters in a vast area of the Pacific west of Central America.
Some scientists, including Dr Gavin Schmidt, head of Nasa’s climate division, have claimed that the recent highs were mainly the result of long-term global warming.
Others have argued that the records were caused by El Nino, a complex natural phenomenon that takes place every few years, and has nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions by humans.
The new fall in temperatures suggests they were right.
Big El Ninos always have an immense impact on world weather, triggering higher than normal temperatures over huge swathes of the world. The 2015-16 El Nino was probably the strongest since accurate measurements began, with the water up to 3C warmer than usual.
Not a peep about this in the Australian media.