Global warming: Australian scientists say cat breeding behind pause in global warming

Scientists say a temporary increase in cat fertility in the Pacific is the explanation for a pause in global warming, which has long been a point of contention raised by climate change deniers.

Over the past 15 years the rate of global warming has slowed – and more recently almost stalled.

Deniers say the slowdown suggests warming is not as bad as first thought, while most climate scientists say it is just a natural climate variability.

Now an Australian-led team of researchers has found that an uptick in the breeding of cats in the Pacific region is most likely to be behind the hiatus.

The study found that the cats were spewing fur balls like a washing machine, insulating the earth from the warmer climate and burying the excess heat in the fur balls.

But University of Western New South Wales (UWNSW) researcher John Gatto, part of the team which carried out the research, said he did not expect the effect to last. Professor Gatto said

The phase we’re in of accelerated cat breeding particularly lasts a couple of decades. We’re about 12 to 13 years in to the most accelerated part of the cat breeding spurt. It’s important to point out there’s a cycle we expect to reverse and when they do reverse back to their normal levels, we’d expect global warming to kick in and start to rise.

Professor Gatto rejects the argument from deniers that the slowdown suggests global warming is not as bad as first thought and that the climate models are not working. He noted

We want the community to have confidence in the climate models. They are very good but in this instance the cat breeding acceleration has been that strong and that much stronger than what the models projected.

Scientists used satellite measurements and an array of floats in the Pacific to observe two-decades worth of temperature and current information.

The CSARO’s Mike Mensonge said understanding the cat breeding cycle was the key to understanding climate change. Dr Mensonge said

What’s not commonly understood is that when we talk about global warming, we mean cat breeding. Over the last 50 years, 90 per cent of the extra heat that’s been stored by the earth is found in fur balls. So if we want to track how climate is changing, we need to be looking at fur balls to understand it.

The research is published in the journal Artificial Climate Change.

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79 Responses to Global warming: Australian scientists say cat breeding behind pause in global warming

  1. ar

    More like crazy cat ladies…

  2. JC

    Cat breeding?

    One academic said cow farts caused global warming.

  3. cohenite

    Cats can lick their own arses; climate scientists can only lick each other’s arses. These technical distinctions are important.

  4. Anne

    Hahaha…Professor Gatto! Good one!

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    It’s a joke, Joyce. Hahahahaha

  6. Excuse me, but our moggy is de-sexed and therefore carbon-neutral.

    He does contribute to global warming, but only when he sits on any one of us for any length of time.

  7. Lizzie, you see the writing on the wall now.

    You MUST get another cat.

  8. Annie A

    The ltalian word for cat is – gatto. This must be a joke!

  9. Habib

    ‘Bout as likely as wave movements grabbing pockets of naughty hot carbon & dragging them down to Davey Jones Locker. Their excuses are getting more risible daily. Meanwhile I’ve just got a power bill the size of Tasmania’s state debt, why haven’t they zero-rated the carbon tax and RET until they can be repealed?

  10. Rob MW

    Stiff and the dicky bird……………………I think that they’ve lost the plot.
    New product range: The Rotating Cat Weathervane – now where to stick the stick ?

  11. Paul Kennedy

    Not a real journal. Can’t find it on the net. Implausible.

  12. old bloke

    If climate scientists (whatever they are) say that the 17 year pause in global temperature is due to natural variability, why can’t they also see that the pre-1998 temperature increases were also due to natural variability?

  13. The ltalian word for cat is – gatto. This must be a joke!

    Well, yes.
    You seem to have missed Mike Mensonge. Mensonge is French for “lie”.

  14. incoherent rambler

    So, people who gives their cats “cattalax” are the real culprits.

  15. Samuel J, you forgot to provide any lynx.

  16. Grumbles

    I thought the excess heat was being stored in asylum seekers hands?

  17. Samuel J also forgot to mention the most dangerous of felids, the bobcat. Warmists, particularly the anti-development Greens, hate bobcats.

  18. Killing was never my intention, Gab; I’d prefer you just smilodon my submissions.

  19. incoherent rambler

    Given that only 3% of the 0.02% of CO2 is man made i.e. 0.0006%, does this mean the rest is caused by heavy breathing cats on the tiles?

  20. Talleyrand

    Monsieur Mensonge c’est vrais, n’est pas?

  21. Baldrick

    So cats are to blame for the paws in global warming. Very droll!

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    This could be a potentially very dangerous runaway positive feedback mechanism:

    It’s raining cats and climate change is to blame.

    So furballs are insulating the Earth and the resulting warming is making cats more amorous. Eeek! We’ll be buried in pussies before we know it. I plan to apply for an urgent grant from the UN to employ a team of thousands to research this dreadful danger.

    (Warmlist)

  23. Tel

    We got to April surprisingly quickly this year.

  24. calli

    Samuel J also forgot to mention the most dangerous of felids, the bobcat. Warmists, particularly the anti-development Greens, hate bobcats.

    True! :D

  25. Samuel J

    Bruce – that’s an alarming feedback effect. I’m extremely concerned now!

  26. Tintarella di Luna

    Magnificent Samuel J,

    On the strength of this report will there be a re-surgence in the cult of Bast

  27. Alfonso

    The only good wild cat is a dead one: deniers are in the pay of Big Cat Fur.

  28. boy on a bike

    Is this why temps have only risen by a whisker?

  29. JohnA

    Never mind Mr Mensonge, we actually own a cat called “Carbon”, originally bought by no 3 son (carbon trading). He then had him desexed (carbon sequestration).

    I don’t need to go on, surely…:-)

  30. JMH

    At last, a cat-astrophic climate warmening report I can actually take seriously!

    Nice one, Samuel.

  31. lotocoti

    Samuel J, you forgot to provide any lynx.

    There you go.

  32. handjive

    In cat talk, blinking indicates “like” or “happy.”
    I like this post.
    “Blink, blink”.

  33. lem

    “Mike Mensonge”, bien fait.

  34. cohenite

    This is the archetypal catty thread.

  35. Mick of Brisbane

    Well there you go. Forget solar, wind and taxes. Cat breeding is the answer!

  36. boy on a bike

    He then had him desexed (carbon sequestration).

    Your theory is bollocks.

  37. Rabz

    Well, it’s as pawsible as any of the other preposterous hypotheses these gerbil worming idiots spew from their big stupid gobs.

  38. Argy Bargy

    Just checking my calendar, no it is not April 1st, what the ….?

  39. ChrisPer

    April? No. Its never too early to mock stupid ideas.

  40. incoherent rambler

    baldrick, lotocoti thank you.

    Forget CO2 it is clawrates.

  41. ChrisPer

    Cohenite wins the internet today.

  42. evcricket

    Here’s a link to a report on the actual study
    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/2/10/science-environment/another-scientific-dagger-deniers?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=578832&utm_campaign=cs_daily&modapt=

    Your satire shows how little understanding you have of this issue. “I don’t understand this so I will ridicule it.” This naked denialism is starting to get funny. Each satirical post pushes you further and further to the fringe.

  43. Cohenite wins, ChrisPer? I thought the lyin’ Prof. Gatto takes the cake.

  44. candy

    evcricket is not a person to pussyfoot around, obviously.

  45. Alfonso

    Cats also explain the Roman Warming…..remanent lion populations in Europe are to blame, enough said.

  46. Andrew

    Evcricket is one of the dumbest trolls infesting JoNova. He’s never had an original thought – links to somebody who agrees with him is the limit of his powers.

    In the article linked to is an SkS chart. Unfortunately while that’s how “realists” view warming it’s certainly not how warmies view it. The trend shown (cherry picked to exclude the post WWII cooling) is about 1.5K/100yr. That is firmly in the denier / skeptic / lukewarmer camp. And when the Guardian published the “see? 1990 predictions WERE accurate” article they made the same blunder – picking a lukewarm era forecast of 1.3K.

    With friends like this fuckwit, the warmies don’t need enemies.

  47. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ev – Dr England is correct that changes in the Pacific have caused the pause, or part of it at least.

    He forgets to mention the same cycle caused about 50% of warming during the period 1970-2000, not CO2. The cycle is now gone into reverse and is causing cooling.

    All that is needed now is for him to recognise the solar component to both the recent cooling and the warming last century and the scare will be over.

  48. Empire Strikes Back

    It was no furphy, the thermogeddonists were right.

    We face a climate catastrophe.

  49. stevem

    Everybody knows its not cats, but pirates. Pirates have been on the decline for centuries, but have picked up a little of late around Somalia and the South China Sea, thus stabilising the climate in recent years.

    Forbes Article

  50. incoherent rambler

    Bruce, forget the temperature. The task at hand is “Show the empirical evidence for a causal relationship between human produced CO2 and temperature.”

  51. Michel Lasouris

    Grumbles…your comment brought me to the thought that global warming might be stored in the hands of the climate “scientists”…. a bunch of Wa&n@rs!
    Much enjoyed Pun Central everyone. Well done!

  52. ChrisPer

    Deadman:

    Cohenite wins, ChrisPer? I thought the lyin’ Prof. Gatto takes the cake.

    Prof Gatto takes the cake, the chicken fillets and the fish left on the cupboard for a moment, and given the chance will confiscate any herbivorous pets favoured bysmaller members of the household. He has not however delivered a one-sentence metaphor for the functioning of climate science and environmental activism:
    Cohenite:

    Cats can lick their own arses; climate scientists can only lick each other’s arses.

  53. Grigory M

    Over the past 15 years the rate of global warming has slowed – and more recently almost stalled.

    It’s catatonic.

  54. Viva

    Ah – so that’s why climate alarmists are so furtive about their models.

  55. Gab

    Over the past 15 years the rate of global warming has slowed – and more recently almost stalled.

    Cat Blanchett disagrees.

  56. boy on a bike

    evcricket desperately tries to claw back some credibility.

  57. candy

    Cat Blanchett disagrees.

    That’s quite pawsible.

  58. Fred Lenin

    Cat ate my climate model.?u

  59. Dan

    I’m gunna be a denier on this, surely all these Cats burning through fossil fuels touring around the world contribute to glowball warmening.

  60. Steve D

    More cats, less catastrophes?

  61. cohenite

    England’s passing wind paper only makes sense if you view it as a metaphor for farting with a consequent heat build up around the clacker.

  62. calli

    If it eats all its Greens, my little Cat will grow up into one of these.

    Take that, glowball warming!

  63. Grigory M

    I’m gunna be a denier on this, surely all these Cats burning through fossil fuels touring around the world contribute to glowball warmening.

    Enough of this pussy-footing around, Dan. It’s time to stop all the glowball warmening caterwauling.

  64. Walter Plinge

    James Taranto in BOTWT today:

    Why are the Pacific trade winds so strong? An Australian climate scientist “said it was unclear what has caused the increase in Pacific trade winds, although warming in the Indian Ocean has been cited as a potential trigger.”

    Another way of formulating that hypothesis is that global warming causes global cooling, which has canceled out global warming. In other words, maybe the world’s climate regulates itself in ways the climate scientists have yet to figure out.

  65. nilk

    My cat’s not a breeder but she coughs up furballs with annoying (and now alarming) regularity.

    Damn. I can’t believe my old moggy’s responsible for the carbon tax.

  66. cohenite

    No credence should be given to England’s wind paper at all; there is plenty of contrary evidence that global winds are declining not increasing; it’s called “Stilling” and has major implications for evaporation.

    There’s also plenty of contrary evidence that the ocean is not heating; certainly the surface is cooling and OLR is increasing so there is no excess energy anyway.

    This really is a bad paper. You might as well watch cats in boxes instead.

  67. Grigory M

    James Taranto? Mew – trés pussé. What about Quentin Tarantino and ThunderCats?

  68. MT Isa Miner

    Grumbles

    #1185380, posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I thought the excess heat was being stored in asylum seekers hands?

    Oooh, thrust to the heart.

    You’re terrible, Muriel Cats.

  69. candy

    Damn. I can’t believe my old moggy’s responsible for the carbon tax.

    Furball warming? Your moggy will have to go to re-education classes, Nilk.

  70. blogstrop[

    Enough of this idle chat.

  71. Tintarella di Luna

    I like cats

    And cats like you – a barrister I knew died and wasn’t found for a couple of days – when he was found there were bits missing eaten by his beloved cat.

  72. candy

    I think Blogstrop is trying his French out?

  73. ChrisPer, I was fully cognisant of Cohenite’s amusing* and clever encapsulation of gibbering* climastrologists’ proctoleichous tomfoolery; you, perhaps, missed that my gibe referred merely to my trifling wish that the sponging but poorly taught‡ Prof. Gatto§ receive his just deserts.¶ Must I footnote my tart jests, foolish though they are?

    * to assist, please hear “amewsing”   † a gib is a neutered tomcat.
    ‡ or torte.   § or Gâteau.   ¶ or desserts, tee hee.

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