First it was termed Global Warming--signifying runaway heating of the earth's atmosphere brought on by an excess of capitalism and freedom producing too much carbon dioxide--then, in light of inconvenient temperature moves to the downside, Global Climate Change, caused by the same thing. Now the data show only oscillations around a mean--call it Global Status Quo: no doubt cataclysmically harmful, somehow. Just wait a week or so for an explanation to be expelled from the bowels of the UN creative writing department.
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.
Climate change deniers of the world, unite!