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The recent slowdown in global warming over the last decade does not significantly change estimates of the eventual temperature rise in response to doubled atmospheric CO2 concentrations, according to new international research. The study, which includes an Australian author, does suggest that the immediate temperature response to rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may need to be revised downwards.
The researchers find that most of the climate models used in the upcoming fifth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are consistent with the results presented, but they note considerable uncertainties. read more