A new study finding that there has been little general planetary warming for the last 16 years received little media fanfare, perhaps because to the advocate journalists who cover the beat, it came to the wrong conclusion. But it is certainly worth noting. From the Daily Mail story:
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.
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.
Don’t expect the climate-change industry to be cheered. They have huge financial and intense ideological stakes in the supposed coming heating apocalypse. Moreover, the anti-warming cause is often as much about ideology as naked science — the goal being to centralize control over our economies into U.N. technocracies and redistribute income.
This study doesn’t settle the global-warming question, of course. I am not one who thinks the whole thing is a hoax. But the general silence from the alarmist industry in the face of contrary evidence doesn’t give one faith in the global-warming meme or the credibility of its purveyors.