This NPR article yesterday entitled "The mystery of global warming's missing heat" by Richard Harris reports that:
· Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren't quite understanding what their robots are telling them.
This is puzzling in part because here on the surface of the Earth, the years since 2003 have been some of the hottest on record. But Josh Willis at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the oceans are what really matter when it comes to global warming.
No, it's not George Bush's fault, blame it on El Nino:
In recent years, heat has actually been flowing out of the ocean and into the air. This is a feature of the weather phenomenon known as El Nino. So it is indeed possible the air has warmed but the ocean has not. But it's also possible that something more mysterious is going on.That leaves the scientists to agree that:
. . . a few mild years have no effect on the long-term trend of global warming. But they say there are still things to learn about how our planet copes with the heat.Hey Algore, are you listening? There are "still things to learn about how our planet copes with the heat."