Hockey Schtick: New paper finds sea level changes since 1950 have been due to natural variability

A paper published today in Climate of the Past finds that sea level changes in the tropical Pacific during the period 1950-2009 are explained due to natural changes in the cycle of El Ninos and La Ninas [called “internal variability”].

The authors state, “While our analysis cannot rule out any influence of anthropogenic forcing [man-made ‘greenhouse’ gases], it concludes that the latter effect in that particular region is still hardly detectable.” The paper finds no evidence of accelerating sea level rise and instead shows the running 17 year average rise has decelerated over the past ~59 years.

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