Abstract: A recent article which has set forth new interpretations of Earth’s recent climate history has included some questions of authentic scientific inquiry, particularly related to the impact of ocean oscillations on atmospheric temperatures. In fact, this very issue is currently being investigated by multiple research groups. On the other hand, the claim that a two-century linear temperature increase is a recovery from a recent cool period is not supported by the data. Furthermore, this thermal recovery hypothesis is not connected to any physical phenomenon; rather it is a result of a simplistic and incorrect curve-fitting operation. Other errors in the article are: the claim that the heating of the Earth has halted, misunderstanding of the relationship between carbon dioxide concentration and the resultant radiative forcing, and a failure to account for forcings other than carbon dioxide (such as other greenhouse gases, atmospheric aerosols, land use changes, etc.). Each of these errors brings serious question to the conclusions drawn in the referenced article. The simultaneous occurrence of all of these errors in a single study guarantees that its conclusions cannot be supported and, in fact, are demonstrably incorrect.
Keywords: global warming; climate change; carbon dioxide; greenhouse gases; thermal recovery; natural climate fluctuations; ocean oscillations
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Nuccitelli, D.A.; Abraham, J.P.; Benestad, R.E.; Mandia, S.A. Comment on: Akasofu, S.-I. On the Present Halting of Global Warming. Climate 2013, 1, 4–11. Climate 2013, 1, 76-83.
Nuccitelli DA, Abraham JP, Benestad RE, Mandia SA. Comment on: Akasofu, S.-I. On the Present Halting of Global Warming. Climate 2013, 1, 4–11. Climate. 2013; 1(2):76-83.
Nuccitelli, Dana A.; Abraham, John P.; Benestad, Rasmus E.; Mandia, Scott A. 2013. "Comment on: Akasofu, S.-I. On the Present Halting of Global Warming. Climate 2013, 1, 4–11." Climate 1, no. 2: 76-83.