Pause Deniers Busted

Updates October 3 and 30 below

With Paris COP drawing near, the lack of warming this century is inconvenient and undermines the cause.

As Dr. Judith Curry said, “I have been expecting to start seeing papers on the ‘hiatus is over.’ Instead I am seeing papers on ‘the hiatus never happened.’”

One that was trumpeted came out of my Alma Mater, Stanford.  They garnered the expected headlines from the usual places:

Global Warming “Hiatus” Never Happened: Eos

There never was any global warming “pause.”:  Washington Post

The text is here: Debunking the climate hiatus

The write up has statistical razzle-dazzle and lots of opaque sentences, but let’s not get lost in the weeds.

Let’s not talk about the multiple tamperings to the land records they chose to study.  Let’s even overlook their including the bogus upward adjustments to the SSTs by Karl et al.  Bob Tisdale dissected that here:

We don’t need to get into the technicalities of why they stopped with 2013 data, the suitability of the tests applied or their interpretations of the results.

Here’s what you need to know about this study:

They ignored the satellite records (RSS and UAH), the gold standard of temperature measurements, because the absence of warming there is undeniable.

For the land and ocean datasets they analyzed, they ignored the huge divergence between observations and the predictions (projections) from climate models.


Natural variability in the climate system has neutralized any warming from increased CO2 this century, and also offset most, if not all of the secular rise in temperature since the Little Ice Age.  The models did not forecast this; they can only project warming, and do so at rates several times higher than observations.  The models fail for three reasons:  high sensitivity to CO2; positive feedback from water vapor; and lack of thermal inertia by the oceans.

For more on climate models and temperature projections:

The Stanford football team was impressive beating highly-rated Southern Cal on their home field last Saturday.  The work of the research team, however, looks like pandering rather than science.  They need to up their game: No cookies.

Update October 3

I found the time to look into the details of this paper and the statistical trick comes to light.

They took as the null hypothesis: “Temperatures are not rising.”  After applying several statistical tests, they conclude that the statement is not supported by the data, so we cannot say with certainty temperatures are not rising.

And what about the other null hypothesis: “Temperatures are rising.”  Silence.

I suspect they didn’t want to admit that the same statistical tests would also disprove that statement.

A reasonable person concludes: When you can not say for sure that temperatures are not rising, or that they are rising, that would surely indicate a plateau in temperatures.

Update October 30–Another classic from Josh


  1. Richard Mallett · September 22, 2015

    I don’t worry about adjustments; because, even after adjustments, the rate of warming since 1850 is still only +0.48 C per century (HadCRUT4) or +0.52 C or +0.56 C per century (BEST Land & Ocean) so to reach 2.0 C will take 357 to 417 years, which takes us to AD 2207 to 2267. By then, the world will be at least as different from today as were the years AD 1598 to AD 1658 – remember those ?


    • Ron Clutz · September 22, 2015

      Richard, that is true enough, but you also know the alarmist response: “Rates back to 1850 don’t matter; it’s the CO2 going into the air now that makes it dangerous and why we need to stop.” That claim is undermined by the lack of warming this century, and why they need to make the plateau disappear.


      • Richard Mallett · September 22, 2015

        Of course, CO2 has been slowing down as well in recent years, according to the ‘recent monthly mean CO2 at Mauna Loa’ graph at – those darned plateaux keep popping up all over the place 🙂


  2. Hifast · October 3, 2015

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.


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