|The so-called “hiatus” in global warming is over. In fact, it was never there at all.
What was happening was the excess heat generated by human burning of fossil fuels was being absorbed by the oceans, mostly the Pacific Ocean. This left air temperatures stable for about a decade and a half. And, gave the criminal deniers chances to declare global warming a hoax.
But, now, the true source of the false-hiatus is known: the Pacific Decadal Oscillation was the reason why air temperatures have been relatively stable. And, now, the PDO is ending and it's sending global air temperatures higher. 2014 was the hottest year on record. And, January 2015 was the second warmest January on record as well.
Warmth is being rapidly pumped into the air over the Pacific Ocean. The rate of temperature rise on the planet is likely to double over the next several decades, making it impossible for the world to stay below the 2° warming it had set as a limit to catastrophic warming.
What we need to do now is to shutdown all fossil fuel burning as soon as possible. It's not getting any cooler in here and we're set to really cook the planet in the years ahead.