On B8 today: The Informed Reader scoops the Dec. 19 New Statesman with a topic too good to pass up. You guessed it: global warming!
"Has global warming stopped?" is the momentous question that David Whitehouse asks in the "generally left-leaning British weekly." Although "the amount of [greenhouse] gases...has been increasing steadily for decades," the theoretically corresponding temperature increase has, according to government statistics of the US and UK...not occurred. Yes, since 2001 the temperature has held steady. Funny thing, 2001 was when Bush took office, wasn't it? Must dismiss that, though...correlation doesn't imply causation. Oh well.
And there have been the predictable negative comments on this research, one being that the stabilization has only been six years long so far. They conveniently don't mention that the major temperature rise happened from 1980 to 1998, "only" 18 years. Go figure.