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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Global warming 'pause' has ended, warns Met Office

The recent "pause" in global warming has ended following three years in which temperature records have been successively broken, the Met Office has said.

The idea of a slowing in the rate of warming has been controversial with some arguing it was little more than a statistical blip.

In a statement on its website, the Met Office said it had established that the world's climate warmed more slowly between 1999 and 2014 than it had done previously, but the last few years had seen a return to the more rapid rate.

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Professor Stephen Belcher, the Met's chief scientist, said: "After a period during the early 2000s when the rise in global mean temperature slowed, the values in 2015 and 2016 broke records and passed one degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

"Data from the Met Office shows that the long-term rate of global warming has now returned to the level seen in the second half of the 20th century."

The so-called pause was exploited by climate science deniers, who insisted it showed the science was wrong and, therefore, should be ignored.

The Met Office said its conclusion that there had been a genuine slowdown was based on an analysis of rolling 15-year trends.

Read the full story at The Independent