In a report quietly released on the internet without any press releases to draw attention, the Met has found that global temperatures measured land and sea across 3000 stations have remained flat for the last 16 years from 1997 to 2012.
This 16-year period equals the 16-year period from 1980 to 1996 when global temperatures had risen. The 40 years before 1980 had stable or declining temperatures, which caused climate scientists in the 1970s to predict that global cooling was leading into a disastrous new ice age. During the 1980s, as temperatures rebounded, these same scientists reversed their opinions and declared that global warming is the threat.
The Met report has sparked robust debate among climate scientists. Among them is Phil Jones, the head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, who was at the center of the Climategate e-mail scandal in 2009. Jones famously commented in one of his e-mails about using a trick to "hide the decline" in recent temperature measurements. Apparently, even that "trick" is no longer enough to force temperature measurements to conform to the so-called "hockey stick" model used to predict global warming. Jones responded to the Met Office's recent numbers by declaring that 15 or 16 years is too short a period from which to draw conclusions.
It is unclear if Jones realized the irony of his statement given that the previous warming period before the current plateau in temperatures also lasted 16 years, and it was on the basis of these 16 years that scientists like Jones declared firm belief in global warming.
Jones also stated in 2009 in one of the e-mails released in the Climategate scandal, "Bottom line: the 'no upward trend' has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried." Jones has not commented on whether or not he still believes this statement to be true. Presumably, given his dogged insistence that global warming will happen, he has changed his mind. No word on what the new threshold for stable or cooling temperatures has to be before Jones will question or abandon his theories.
Read more: Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released...and here is the chart to prove it
In: World News, Conspiracy, Propaganda, Science and Technology, Nature
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