"Less Water Vapor May Slow Warming Trends"

"A decrease in water vapor concentrations in parts of the middle atmosphere has contributed to a slowing of Earth’s warming, researchers are reporting. The finding, they said, offers part of the explanation for a string of years with relatively stable global surface temperatures.

Despite the decrease in water vapor, the study’s authors said, the overall trend is still toward a warming climate, primarily caused by a buildup in emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from human sources.

“This doesn’t alter the fundamental conclusion that the world has warmed and that most of that warming has to do with greenhouse gas emissions caused by man,” said Susan Solomon, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the lead author of the report, which appears in the Jan. 29 issue of the journal Science."

Sindya N. Bhanoo reports for the New York Times January 28, 2010.

See Also:

"Atmospheric Dry Spell Eases Global Warming" (NPR)

"Methane Causes Vicious Cycle In Global Warming" (NPR)

Source: NYTimes, 01/29/2010