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Norway data shows Earth’s global warming less severe than feared

By Bloomberg News

This article was published January 27, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.

New estimates from a Norwegian research project show meeting targets for minimizing global warming may be more achievable than previously thought.

After the planet’s average surface temperature rose through the 1990s, the increase has almost leveled off at the level of 2000, while ocean water temperature has also stabilized, the Research Council of Norway said in a statement on its website. After applying data from the past decade, the results showed temperatures may rise 1.9 degrees Celsius if Co2 levels double by 2050, below the 3 degrees predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“The Earth’s mean temperature rose sharply during the 1990s,” said Terje Berntsen, a professor at the University of Oslo who worked on the study. “This may have caused us to overestimate climate sensitivity.”

The findings also show the effect of reduced airborne particulates from burning coal, which may decrease the cloud cover that cools the earth, probably has less of an impact on climate through indirect cooling than originally projected.

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HalALouyah says... January 27, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.

This will get swept under the rug

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Kajon says... January 27, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.

You mght see it on Fox News. Anywhere else? Forget it.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... January 27, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.

The headline is disingenuous. Even this snippet shows that temperature is still rising, if not quite as quickly; that it will rise a LOT very soon; and that greenhouse gases (i.e., manmade emissions) will cause it.

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HalALouyah says... January 27, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.

Nice try lawyer. What part of "less severe than feared" and "new estimates from a Norwegian research project show meeting targets for minimizing global warming may be more achievable than previously thought" don't go together? See you illustrate the hypocrisy of the nutcases on both sides. You want it to read "Global warming is going to kill us all soon" and the other side wants it to say "Global warming is fake" Neither side accepts facts that are not conducive to raising money for their side.

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Reason says... January 27, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.

Norway Report:
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Climate issues must be dealt with
Terje Berntsen emphasises that his project’s findings must not be construed as an excuse for complacency in addressing human-induced global warming. The results do indicate, however, that it may be more within our reach to achieve global climate targets than previously thought.
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Regardless, the fight cannot be won without implementing substantial climate measures within the next few years.
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Full news release:

forskningsradet.no/en/Newsarticle/Global_warming_less_extreme_than_feared/1253983344535/p1177315753918?WT.ac=forside_nyhet

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JakeTidmore says... January 27, 2013 at 3:58 p.m.

The report will still need to be studied by other climate scientists and researchers. It is good news, provided the study model used holds up. There were a lot of ifs and maybes in the statement (I checked a much, much longer article online). And there will many more studies as time goes on since the stated critical point is 2050.

I certainly wouldn't advise investing in beachfront property for several decades to come. There's still a good chance it will be soggy.

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GAITOR says... January 27, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.

Who's been hyping whom?

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djigoo says... January 27, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.

From the report, and conveniently left out of FOX-In-Print, aka The DemoGaz... "In conclusion, the authors say that if nations cut back particularly on emissions of sulphate particles in the coming years, then the impact of global warming will be much less than feared."

Not that logic ever swayed the willfully ignorant...

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RonalFos says... January 27, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.

I hope this report is true. It certainly would be helpful to have more time to deal with this problem since we've been so unbelievably slow in responding to this danger. There have been other more sobering reports regarding the faster than expected melting at the poles and instability in frozen methane in the tundra and on the ocean floors.

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HalALouyah says... January 27, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.

And djigoo once again proves my point; the logical people in this thread understand what this means. In the meantime gooey and lawyer want to conveniently move this way to the left for their cause. However Fox News wants to continue to thank you gooey, for your continued support and advertising. It's no wonder they stay #1; of course Current TV, excuse me Al JazeeraQaeda, will catch them soon I am sure.

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