As the planet marked its fourth hottest year on record, a study published in
the journal Nature found increasing levels of carbon dioxide will
lead to thinner ocean clouds and reduce their cooling impact, causing
temperature rises of at least 5.6F (3C) over the course of the century.
The team of scientists said the findings show some climate models have been
too “optimistic” and previous estimates of a minimum temperature rise of
only 2.7F (1.5C) could now be discounted. The optimistic models did not
properly assess the impact of water evaporation, which sometimes rises only
a short distance into the atmosphere and causes updraughts that reduce cloud
cover, the study found.
They’re horselaughing this out of the house over at WUWT:
From the University of New South Wales and Dr. Steven Sherwood:
“Climate sceptics like to criticise climate models for getting things wrong, and we are the first to admit they are not perfect,” said Sherwood. “But what we are finding is that the mistakes are being made by the models which predict less warming, not those that predict more.”
Read the comments, which are scathing.