In reality this pause has only been in relation to the atmosphere which, accounts for just 2.3 percent of the total warming of the planet.
Once the trade winds drop, which is likely to come within years rather than decades, England says the averaged surface temperatures will rise sharply again.
In the vernacular, hacking means handling or coping with a situation or an assignment adequately and calmly.
A hacker typically is technically adept and delights in solving problems and overcoming limits.
Global warming is arguably the most compelling problem this and future generations is likely to face. We can calmly and adequately address it by using the climate pause as a learning exercise. The deeper and more permanently we can move heat being trapped by the greenhouse effect into the ocean the less it can impact the biosphere both in the short and long term.
Currently heat at the surface is causing tropical storms that result in death and destruction, moves heat towards the poles where it melts icecaps, causes thermal expansion and thermal stratification that cuts phytoplankton that are the lungs of the planet and the base of the ocean food chain off from the deep water nutrients they need to thrive.
At a depth of 1000 meters, the coefficient of expansion of ocean water is half that of its tropical surface.
The fastest and most efficient way to move large volumes of heat is with a heat pipe like the ones used in PCs, tablets, and smart phones. Described as a thermal superconductor due to the high heat transfer coefficients for boiling and condensing working fluids; a heat pipe can move heat away from areas where it might do damage at speeds approaching the speed of sound. By inserting a turbine into that flow in a heat pipe designed for ocean use and attaching it to a generator you can produce electrical energy.
According to the most recent assessment the oceans have the capacity to produce as much energy as we currently derive from fossil fuels with such a system.
By replacing carbon dioxide emitting energy sources by energy from the oceans we can also limit the build-up of carbon dioxide that threatens to produce mass marine extinction events.
Secretary of State John Kerry recently characterized climate change as another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.
It is time we hacked that weapon; controlled it and used it to our benefit.
The practical implication of the global warming hiatus is, we can do just that.
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