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There's long been this meme floating about that says "global warming stopped in 1998." Now, 1998 was a huge recordbreaker of a year, so the meme is clearly stacking the deck. But since about 2001, the surface temperature record seems to have plateaued. That's not unusual. Within the long-term rise, there are plenty of areas in the record that can be interpreted as "pauses" (observe).
But there are a lot of short-term variables that can hide (or exaggerate, as in 1998) the long-term trend. The three largest ones are the el Nino / la Nina phenomenon, solar variability, and volcanic eruptions. Despite being bad at math, I was curious to know what the temperature record might look like if those factors were subtracted out.
Fortunately, two dudes already did the math for me, and published a paper (which I found via this blog post, which is written by someone smarter and goes into greater depth). So, what does it look like when we remove the short-term noise from the global warming signal?
So no, global warming hasn't "stopped." It's just gotten sneakier.