Met Office Report Confirms Global Warming Stopped 16 years ago

By DAVID ROSE | MAILONLINE | OCTOBER 15, 2012

The world stopped getting  warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last  week.

The figures, which have  triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of  1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global  temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as  the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that,  temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.

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Research: The new figures mean that the  ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous  period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. This picture shows an iceberg  melting in Eastern Greenland

The new data, compiled  from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, was issued  quietly  on the internet, without any media fanfare, and, until today, it has not been  reported.

This stands in sharp  contrast  to the release of the previous  figures six months ago,  which went only to the end of 2010 – a very warm year.

Ending the data then  means it is possible to show a slight warming trend since 1997, but 2011 and the  first eight months of 2012 were much cooler, and thus this trend is erased.

Some climate scientists,  such as Professor Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit at the  University of East Anglia, last week dismissed the significance of the plateau,  saying that 15 or 16 years is too short a period from which to draw  conclusions.

Others disagreed. Professor Judith Curry, who is the head of the climate science department at America’s prestigious Georgia Tech university, told The Mail on Sunday that it was clear that the computer models used to predict future warming were ‘deeply flawed’.

Even Prof Jones admitted  that he and his colleagues did not understand the impact of ‘natural  variability’ – factors such as long-term ocean temperature cycle

s and changes in  the output of the sun. However, he said he was still convinced that the current  decade would end up significantly warmer than the previous two.

Professor Phil Jones, left, from the University of East Anglia, dismissed the  significance of the plateau. Professor Judith Curry, right, from Georgia Tech  university in America, disagreed, saying the computer models used to predict  future warming were ‘deeply flawed’.

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Scientists say ‘climate change science under assault’

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Preface:

Is recent history not a cause for concern?  Everyone and everything in science should be under a magnifying glass, especially when fraud has been found.  Climate science has become a religion and therefore it is the scientists who have to convince us their findings are real and not manipulation of data.  By the way, scrutiny is not assault.  Also note how scientists conveniently changed global warming for  climate change and anthropogenic global warming for anthropogenic climate change.
Reuters

More than 250 U.S. scientists on Thursday defended climate change research against “political assaults” and warned that any delay in tackling global warming heightens the risk of a planet-wide catastrophe.

The scientists, all members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, targeted critics who have urged postponing any action against climate change because of alleged problems with research shown in a series of hacked e-mails that are collectively known as “climate-gate.”

“When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take action,” the 255 scientists wrote in an open letter in the journal Science.

“For a problem as potentially catastrophic as climate change, taking no action poses a dangerous risk for our planet,” they wrote. They said they were deeply disturbed by “recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular.”

Scientists sounded a similar note on Thursday before the U.S. House of Representatives panel on energy independence and climate change.

“The reality of anthropogenic climate change can no longer be debated on scientific grounds,” James Hurrell of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research told the committee. “The imperative is to act aggressively to reduce carbon emissions and dependency on fossil fuels.”

U.S. legislation aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution could be unveiled in the Senate next week.

FALLOUT FROM “CLIMATE-GATE”

Thousands of hacked e-mails sent between climate scientists were published just before a U.N. meeting on climate change last December in Copenhagen.

Those who doubt the existence of human-generated climate change argued that these messages showed that the climate research unit at East Anglia University in Britain had conspired to distort or exaggerate the science.

An inquiry last month cleared the British researchers of wrongdoing in the “climate-gate” case.

Even though individual scientists have been cleared, climate science is being tested, Sheila Jasanoff, ofHarvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, wrote in Science.

“It is no longer enough to establish what counts as good science; it is equally important to address what science is good for and whom it benefits,” Jasanoff wrote.

She said in an interview that the article was prompted by the fallout from “climate-gate.”

A U.S. climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University whose e-mails were released in the “climate-gate” case was targeted last month by the state of Virginia.

Michael Mann — whose research includes the so-called “hockey stick” graph that documents recent climate warming — was found not guilty by Penn State of suppressing or falsifying data or misusing information.

However, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is investigating whether Mann misused state funds when he got grants for his climate change research while at the University of Virginia.