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BBC notices that the world is not getting warmer 70

When global-warmingskepticism reaches the BBC, then it has become a major issue.  This weekend, the BBC asked the question, “What happened to global warming?”, and then answered it with a balanced article that reportedon the response from both sides of the debate to the fact that the Earth has cooled over the last eleven years, despite an increase in carbon dioxide release.  Skeptics point out that the modelsnever predicted it, while advocates say that massive warming is still just around the corner:
For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.
And our climate models didnot forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise. …
So what does it all mean? Climate change sceptics argue thatthis is evidence that they have been right all along.
They say there are so many other natural causes for warming and cooling, that even if man is warming the planet, it is a small part compared withnature. …
In addition, say Met Office scientists, temperatures have never increased in a straight line, and there will always be periods of slower warming, or even temporary cooling.
What is crucial,they say, is the long-term trend in global temperatures. And that, according to the Met office data, is clearly up.
For the sake of argument, assume that the last statement is true.  That in and ofitself proves … nothing.  It proves that the Earth warms at times, and cools at others.  The question isn’t really whether the Earth has warmed over the last several decades — the question is whetherthat warming is anthropogenic, or man-made, through the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  Clearly, as the modeling of the advocates has failed to predict a cooling cycle, the answer...
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