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What's in a name? Would 'the pause' by any other name help climate scientists communicate?

In a recent edition of NASA's "Ask a Climate Scientist" video series, scientist Joshua Willis gives a brief, comical answer to a common question about climate science. "A lot of people ask me: 'Has there been a pause in global warming because, like, temperatures aren't increasing as fast as they were a decade ago?'" Willis says. "And I always say, you know, paws are for kittens and puppies, because global warming is definitely still increasing," But while Willis and nearly every other climate scientist dismiss the idea that global warming has paused, the fact that average surface temperatures worldwide have not increased since around the turn of the century perplexes many casual observers.

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