NEWS: Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions
By incorporating the reflective particles into simulations, new models reduced the difference between forecasts and actually observed warming by as much as 15 percent.
"In the last decade, the amount of volcanic aerosol in the stratosphere has increased, so more sunlight is being reflected back into space," said lead author Benjamin Santer, climate scientist at Laurence Livermore National Laboratory, in a press release. "This has created a natural cooling of the planet and has partly offset the increase in surface and atmospheric temperatures due to human influence."
BLOG: Global Warming Paused as Winds Heat the Pacific
Since 1998, the rate of surface temperature warming has plateaued, increasing less than it should have considering the ever-increasing amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Another recent study suggested that faster trade winds may have been submerging the heat in the waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Along with volcanoes and winds, other factors may be deterring climate change.