I don't really know what to think about the global
warming climate change science. I haven't made a detailed study of the data involved.
I do have an opinion about the politics of global
warming climate change, though, and it's fairly simple: if the Al Gore / Hippy alliance believes we should go one way ("left") then I think we should probably go the other way ("right").
That being said, here is an NPR story about ocean temperatures that is interesting for the uncertainty in it's text:
Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren't quite understanding what their robots are telling them.
Kevin Trenberth at the National Center for Atmospheric Research says it's probably going back out into space. The Earth has a number of natural thermostats, including clouds, which can either trap heat and turn up the temperature, or reflect sunlight and help cool the planet.
That can't be directly measured at the moment, however.
"Unfortunately, we don't have adequate tracking of clouds to determine exactly what role they've been playing during this period," Trenberth says.
It's also possible that some of the heat has gone even deeper into the ocean, he says. Or it's possible that scientists need to correct for some other feature of the planet they don't know about. It's an exciting time, though, with all this new data about global sea temperature, sea level and other features of climate.
"I suspect that we'll able to put this together with a little bit more perspective and further analysis," Trenberth says. "But what this does is highlight some of the issues and send people back to the drawing board."
I don't see "consensus" reflected in this article. And that's interesting, concerning the source.