Great news: Global warming ended … sixteen years ago

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From HotAir.com:

Hey, don’t take our word for it. This news comes from a group that has pushed the anthropogenic global warming panic for years — the Meteorological Office in the UK, which quietly released the data in a report on the Internet. The plateau in global temperature averages now equals the length of time that temperatures increased, 16 years, after a 40-year-plus period of slight cooling:

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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