This is the kind of thing that stokes my skepticism of trendy science:
FORECASTS of climate change are about to go seriously out of kilter. We could be about to enter one or even two decades of cooler temperatures, according to one of the world’s top climate modellers….
Latif predicts that in the next few years a natural cooling trend will dominate the warming caused by humans. The cooling would be down to cyclical changes in the atmosphere and ocean currents in the North Atlantic, known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and the Atlantic Meridional Oscillation (AMO).
Breaking with climate-change orthodoxy, Latif said the NAO was probably responsible for some of the strong warming seen around the globe in the past three decades. “But how much? The jury is still out,” he told the conference. The NAO is now moving into a phase that will cool the planet.
Oh and that alarming melting of ice in Antarctica? “(P)artly a product of natural cycles rather than global warming.”
As an amateur scientist and historian, I am always amazed when the hypothesis of Anthropogenic Global Warming is compared to theories that have stood the test of time and experiment like the Theory of Evolution. This is like comparing the latest best seller by a first time novelist to Joyce or Shakespeare. Being popular does not make it right – and the lemming-like behavior of scientists who are blindly following the “consensus” herd off the cliff should remember what’s in store for them at the bottom.