Warming has not stopped: Surface temperatures reflect multiple forcing factors

Recently there has been a lot of chatter on various denier blogs about the notion that global warming stopped in 1998.   Moreover, I am finding that thoughtful, well-read individuals who generally accept the concept of anthropogenic climate change are hoping that warming has peaked and that the planet will soon begin to cool.  Usually some unspecified “natural cycle” is identified as the cause of this cooling.   This meme seems to be gaining traction with a growing cross section of the public.  This article in The Daily Mail is typical of the logic behind this idea, and the figure below from Gavin Schmidt at RealClimate provides what appears to be compelling evidence to support this claim. Continue reading “Warming has not stopped: Surface temperatures reflect multiple forcing factors”