Is the recent global warming slowdown real, or is it fake news?

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Sheldon Walker

For a long time, there has been strong disagreement over the idea of a recent slowdown in global warming. Many people believe that there never was a slowdown. While other people have argued about when the slowdown occurred, and why.

This article will use the GISTEMP global temperature series, to investigate whether the slowdown is real. I know that some people will throw up their hands in horror, at the thought of using the GISTEMP temperature series. I have deliberately used GISTEMP, because it has a reputation as a heavily adjusted, warmist friendly, temperature series. If I can show strong evidence for a recent slowdown in GISTEMP, then the recent slowdown can not be denied.

The first thing that we need to establish, is when the slowdown occurred. Some people insist that the slowdown started in 1998. 1998 was a very strong El Nino year…

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