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The Associated Press is reporting today that scientists believe one explanation as to why the earth's heating trend stopped in the last decade is due to China's excessive use of coal-burning power plants. As reported by the Associated Press:
Sulfur particles in the air deflect the sun's rays and can temporarily cool things down a bit. That can happen even as coal-burning produces the carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming.
'People normally just focus on the warming effect of CO2 (carbon dioxide), but during the Chinese economic expansion there was a huge increase in sulfur emissions,' which have a cooling effect, explained Robert K. Kaufmann of Boston University. He's the lead author of the study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.This admission would seem to indicate several things; 1) climate science is still very much an unsolved mystery, 2) yet, climate studies start from the notion that human activity is the main driver whether the planet heats up or cools down, 3) therefore indicating, god-like human manipulation can reverse planetary climate trends.