I was listening to local radio personality John Gormley rant on about what calls enviro-fascists making seemingly ridiculous statements about how the warming of the earth will slow or plateau over the next 7 years because of natural variations in the Earth’s climate.
Climate scientists understand that there are completely natural things and manmade things that influence temperature up and down on the earth. Increased sun activity will warm the earth. Huge volcanic eruptions cool the earth. CO2 warms the earth while certain kinds of pollution cool the earth. Each of these "forcings" can influence the climate in different directions.
In 1998 increased CO2 combined with natural variations in climate like El Nino made it the hottest year on record. It hasn’t been warmer since because there aren’t always natural and manmade forcings combining to force the temperature up. In the last 10 years the rate of temperature increase has been muted because natural variations were influencing the temperature lower. This isn’t a sign that global warming isn’t real, it just slowed down. This position is nothing new for scientists. Certain folks in the media paint this as if the IPCC needs to change its story now that things aren’t getting warmer quicker. Nothing could be further from the truth. If the temperature doesn’t trend upwards over the long term then people can proclaim global warming dead.
Looking at the following temperature graphs I’d say that the last 6 dots don’t exactly show enough of a trend to disregard global warming.