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A peer reviewed paper admits that surface temps haven’t warmed in the last decade. From “Reconciling anthropogenic climate change with observed temperature 1998–2008,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:

Given the widely noted increase in the warming effects of rising greenhouse gas concentrations, it has been unclear why global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008.

Sun cycles, volcanoes, Asian particulate pollution, and all that, are supposedly the reasons why.  But, the authors also claim AGW is still a crisis:
The results of this analysis indicate that observed temperature after 1998 is consistent with the current understanding of the relationship among global surface temperature, internal variability, and radiative forcing, which includes anthropogenic factors that have well known warming and cooling effects. Both of these effects, along with changes in natural variables must be examined explicitly by efforts to understand climate change and devise policy that complies with the objective of Article 2 of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to stabilize “greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference in the climate system.”

Perhaps. And perhaps they are grasping at straws.  Either way, from what I recall was being said several years ago, this wasn’t supposed to happen.

HT: Watts Up With That

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