This year is set to be the coolest since 2000, according to a preliminary estimate of global average temperature that is due to be released next week by the Met Office. The global average for 2008 should come in close to 14.3C, which is 0.14C below the average temperature for 2001-07.
The relatively chilly temperatures compared with recent years are not evidence that global warming is slowing however, say climate scientists at the Met Office. "Absolutely not," said Dr Peter Stott, the manager of understanding and attributing climate change at the Met Office's Hadley Centre. "If we are going to understand climate change we need to look at long-term trends."
Hmmm. Like what? 50 years? Maybe 100? Let's see . . . the Earth is, what . . . 4 billion years old? Some say less. But, a long time. Nothing a 100 year span could EVEN COME CLOSE TO BEING A SAMPLE TREND! In fact, I think most with a brain would consider a 50 year span to be of NO SIGNIFICANCE. NONE.