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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.
He explains (fairly well, actually) that the the oceans represent the major heat-store for the planet, and the amount of heat stored in the atmosphere pales in comparison. When the oceans are not heating up, there is no chance of “global warming”. The hypothesis that (for whatever reason) the planet is nearing a ‘tipping point’ to runaway global warming is falsified by this experiment.
The data show that, if anything, there’s been a minor decrease in ocean temperatures in the past five years.
Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame has his own take, and more information.
Ultraguy at New Wineskins rips open the spin and the politics.