1. Jo Kaptijn
  2. Global Warming - past and present
  3. Saturday, July 11 2015, 02:20 PM
Since 1998, there has been a phenomenon dubbed the global warming 'hiatus', as there appeared to be a decrease in the upward trend of global surface temperatures.

Latest record temperatures and scientific studies such as this one, refute that the 'hiatus' is a real phenomena:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/348/6242/1469.full.pdf?keytype=ref&siteid=sci&ijkey=.l.kxQb89CJjY

What do you think?
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Matthias Honegger Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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On the global average: very clearly so. This is not a question of opinion but of measurable facts. I recommend the following visualisation of global temperatures for anyone to see the trend: http://climate.nasa.gov/interactives/climate-time-machine

In your backyard: maybe yes, maybe no.
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Malte Krieger Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Hi Jo, could you post the title of the article you linked? I do not have an account at Science. Maybe I can access it through my university.

On the topic: I can agree with Matthias, I don't think there is scientific prove for a 'pause' in the global warming trend. Actually, there still is a warming trend in global surface temperature, only that it appears at a decreased pace.
At the same time, one has to consider that more than 90% of the heat that accumulates on Earth, is going into the oceans. Here, warming has continued unaltered in the concerned period.

As stated in the article I linked below, surface temperature is strongly dependent on natural variability: this can be an El Nino on a year-to-year basis, or other phenomena on longer time periods. Due to this strong relation, looking at periods shorter than 20-30 years is not very sensible when assessing the long-term trend of global warming.
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  1. http://skepticalscience.com/climate-hiatus-doesnt-take-heat-off-global-warming.html
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Michael Sullivan Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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The idea of a global warming "pause", while possibly true will lead to increased confusion by the media and the general public. As an urban planner involved with addressing the impacts of climate change on our communities, I prefer the term extreme weather as it describes the results of climate change that lead to impacts.

The term global warming is regularly challenged in popular media as soon as a cold spell (Christmas 2017) affects an area. While this may be explained as part of the pause being referenced, it generates unneeded skepticism that does is counter-productive for our cities.
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