No warming for a decade?

Temperatures will be down slightly this year:

This would mean global temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to question climate change theory.

But experts say we are still clearly in a long-term warming trend – and they forecast a new record high temperature within five years.

The WMO points out that the decade from 1998 to 2007 was the warmest on record. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the global average surface temperature has risen by 0.74C.


  1. I guess it’s partly a matter of language. This phrase, for example: ‘…experts say we are still clearly in a long-term warming trend’ means many different things to different ‘experts’. Ask a geologist what ‘long-term’ means. An archaeologist. A historian. An astronomer. I think the experts in question consider long term to mean 100 years, give or take. That’s an awfully small sample of time from which to draw conclusions given the staggering antiquity of the planet.

  2. Global warming is real! It’s just ticked off because its spokesperson is Al Gore, so it has left in a huff. Global warming is fickle like that.

  3. [Posted for a reader who can’t get his comment to publish] Jeeze, Give me a Break! Cycles of Global Warming and Global Cooling have been going on for BILLIONS of years. The IDIOTS who say we humans are responsible for ALL of the present cycle of global warming are WRONG! (We ARE responsible for about 30% of THIS period of global warming. And the Illogical and Uninformed yoyo’s who say there is NO global warming are also WRONG. There IS a cycle of Global Warming which IS going on NOW!! PERIOD! END OF STORY! A. The glaciers all around the world are melting more than they have at any time in hundreds of years. B. The farmers in Greenland have the longest growing seasons they have had in hundreds of years. C. Crops which usually only grow in southern areas are growing in areas further north than they have in hundreds of years. D. There ARE longer growing seasons in our northern states. (which could NOT happen without ‘Global Warming’) E. There are fish who normally do not come as far north as they are now, And ON and On and On and On and ON with evidence PROVING we are in a cycle of Global Warming! Would someone please explain what the hell is the problem with admitting the TRUTH? Facts are, anyone who actually has even a modicum of knowledge knows ‘Going Green’ A. Helps the Environment! (And Children, the last time I checked, ALL of us LIVE IN the ENVIRONMENT!) B. Is BETTER for our health. that of our children, our pets and our foods HEALTH! (Food children, means what is grown, or caught and/or killed for us to eat.) C. It SAVES on our resources. D. It Drives Creativity and Invention E. Thus, it starts NEW industries, NEW companies and it ADDS JOBS! F. IT REDUCES our need of Foreign Oil G. IN the LONG RUN, ‘Going Green’ SAVES US MONEY!

  4. Whomever you are, please calm down. While I pretty much agree with your points, the article in question wasn’t worthy that level of response (not all that bad actually). Sip some coffee, eat breakfast, watch some ‘toons. Live. Sam-Hec