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Is Climate Change Experiencing a Pause?
 James J. McCarthy Ph.D.
James J. McCarthy Ph.D.

Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography
Harvard University

December 1, 2014

You may have heard stories in the media referring to a “pause” in global warming or that global warming has taken a “hiatus.” These terms have usually been used to argue that climate change in the future won’t be as serious as previously projected, so perhaps we don’t have anything to worry about.

James McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography for Harvard University’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, discusses why this so-called pause in global warming is referred to as the “Faux Pause.” Because it is, in fact, a faux pas—or blunder—to assume that warming has slowed substantially. But how do we know?

Watch this video to understand:

  • How does the ocean play a role in global warming?
  • How do we measure the temperature of the ocean?
  • What is the Argo Buoy network?
  • What role does Arctic ice play as an indicator of global warming?
  • How are sea-level rise and Arctic ice melting indicators of global warming?
  • How do the earth’s natural cycles influence what we feel on the surface of the earth?
  • How does El Nino impact what we feel on the surface of the earth?