Rod McLaughlin

You can't make it up L - just because global warming stopped doesn't mean it's not happening (27 feb 14)

This article is surely a spoof. Note a couple of clues: it describes the fact that global temperature hasn't risen for 17 years as a "slowdown" rather than a "halt". It refers to the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society as authorities, when the motto of the latter defines it as the negation of argument from authority - "Nullius in verba". Finally, the arbitrariness of the time periods chosen - 'decadal' versus 'longer-term':

"Despite the decadal slowdown in the rise of average surface temperature, a longer-term warming trend is still evident. Each of the last three decades was warmer than any other decade since widespread thermometer measurements were introduced in the 1850s"

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