I hope I am not beating a dead horse here, but I wanted to bring this topic up with a different tact (see other question on climate science).
A number of articles, notable scientists, and studies have noted that the world has not warmed over that past decade and current climate models are overestimating warming (though the models perform better than random forecasts). A few examples:
- A Sensitive Matter - the Economist
- Test of a decadal climate forecast by Myles Allen, published in Nature and Geoscience Research Letters
- Global Temperature through 2012 by James Hansen. Here's a quote:
The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing.
- Hindcast of global warming slowdown published in Nature Climate Change suggests much of increased heat flux at top of atmosphere has gone into the ocean.
My question to the community is, do we invite discussion of this on this site? It has significant implications on what we prioritize as sustainable. Many questions on this site explicitly ask about reducing carbon.
For instance, if I asked:
What are some possible scientific explanations for the warming slowdown of the past decade?
would we consider that on topic? As it is undecided and controversial, can it be a constructive question?
A question like this is probably more appropriate for GeoSciences, however, do we have a place for it here???