The lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008 was mainly caused by a sharp rise in China’s coal use, a study suggests.
The absence of a temperature rise over that decade is often used by “climate sceptics” as grounds for denying the existence of man-made global warming.
But the new study, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concludes that smog from the extra coal acted to mask greenhouse warming.
China’s coal use doubled 2002-2007, according to US government figures.
China is one of the few places which hasn’t cooled since 1998, but why let actual data interfere with climate propaganda?