scientists and policymakers draw on the past to predict the future. Until now, they have therefore placed much weight on the rapid temperature increases in the Eighties and Nineties. But for at least a decade, these have dramatically slowed, even as carbon dioxide emissions have continued to increase.
Falling temperatures mean global warming has slowed
Falling still means rising
None of this justifies the frequent claim by climate sceptics that global warming has stopped, and may now reverse. Long lulls have occurred before, only for temperatures to resume their relentless rise.
The relentless rise in stupidity among the press over the last couple of decades is indeed a phenomenon. Earth’s temperature regularly cycles about 12C. The unprecedented 0.6C warming over the last 150 years is 97% due to junk science and a dumbed down populace.