Warming might or might not stall for “several years” but we risk “an unprecedented warming in the history of mankind if no measures are taken to cut global carbon dioxide emissions”
Here is Dr. Mojib Latif, perhaps the world’s most misquoted climate scientist, in a previously unpublished op-ed (boldface in original).
Given all the warnings about and plans to forestall global warming, people may be surprised to find, over the next several years that, over parts of the Northern hemisphere, summers are no warmer than before, maybe even a bit cooler–and that winters are as cold, or a bit colder, than they have been in the past couple of decades.
This is because the climate may go through a temporary halt in warming. It’s nothing unusual, just a natural fluctuation. It doesn’t mean that global warming is not still at work, or that we no longer need to worry about global temperatures rising by as much as 6°C by the end of the century — an unprecedented warming in the history of mankind if no measures are taken to cut global carbon dioxide emissions. The only problem is that by considering the mean of many models of global warming, the natural fluctuations are averaged out, if they were not initialized by the current climate state, and this can be confusing.
Anyone who thought Latif, head of the Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics Division at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, was not a firm believer in human-caused global warming and the threat it poses, missed his 2009 book, Climate Change: The Point of No Return (The Sustainability Project). And they missed the NPR interview where he said, “If my name was not Mojib Latif, my name would be global warming. So I really believe in global warming.”
Before printing the rest of the piece, let me explain how Climate Progress came to publish it.