Even the BBC is now reporting that the planet has not warmed since 1998, and with the current La Nina underway, 2008 promises to be cooler still.
Of course, the article is quick to quote experts who argue that this is merely a blip in a long-term warming trend. For example,
Adam Scaife, lead scientist for Modelling Climate Variability at the Hadley Centre in Exeter, UK, said their best estimate for 2008 was about 0.4C above the 1961-1990 average, and higher than this if you compared it with further back in the 20th Century.
But remember, it was right in the middle of that 1961-1990 timeframe that Newsweek magazine published that screamer headline about a new ice age approaching. In other words, Scaife is comparing current temps to those during a “valley” of a cyclical climate variation. You can prove anything by cherry-picking data like that.
The fact remains that the planet is not heating up, at least not in the catastrophic fashion that some would have us to believe.
UPDATE: An editorial in Investor’s Business Daily comments on this report: “The global warming debate is not over. Indeed, the debate is beginning to favor the skeptics.”