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Between 1998 and 2012 atmospheric temperatures increased on a decadal average of only .04 degrees whereas from 1984 to 1998 that average had been .26 degrees. If the 1998-2012 average could be maintained throughout this century the warming problem would be over.

 

Although sea level rise induced by global warming is one of the greatest threats mankind currently faces, between 1999 and 2013 atmospheric temperatures remained essentially flat (Figure 1 right) and in 2010 sea levels declined (Figure 2 right).

 

NASA has confirmed the missing heat of the hiatus was trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans to a depth of about 1000 feet. (Figure 3.)

 

The 2010 drop in sea level rise was the result of extreme movements of ocean volume to land induced by a strong La Niņa cycle. A large portion of this water ended up in Australia and Brazil per Figure 4.

 

These are the analogies we need to learn from in order to effectively deal with global warming and its greatest risks, sea level rise and storm surge. 

 

 

 

 

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