"The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
"This means that the ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996.
"Asked about a prediction that the Met Office made in 2009 – that three of the ensuing five years would set a new world temperature record – he [The Met Office spokesman] made no comment.”
ICSC comment: It is not surprising that the Met Office spokesman had no comment. The forecast is already proven wrong, as shown in the graph the Met Office boosts as being an accurate plot of "global temperature":
October 17, 2012: ICSC Executive Director Tom Harris discussesthe temperature plateau on The Charles Adler Show on Sun Media TV broadcast across Canada.
ICSC note: In the above graph, "HADCRUT4 has introduced a bias ... by increasing [in comparison with HADCRUT3] coverage of the warmer Arctic but not doing the same in the cooler Antarctic." See here for more discussion on this. HADCRUT4 cannot be taken seriously until it includes more southern temperature data.