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Clouds cooled the Earth

The slow instrumental-record warming is consistent with lower-end climate sensitivity. Simulations and observations now show that changing sea surface temperature patterns could have affected cloudiness and thereby dampened the warming.

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Figure 1: Schematic of the proposed mechanism for increasing low-level cloudiness with observed non-uniform sea surface temperature pattern.


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Mauritsen, T. Clouds cooled the Earth. Nature Geosci 9, 865–867 (2016).

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