While Australia swelters in temperatures not seen since the thirties* (and close to those experienced by the convicts of the First Fleet in their first years in Sydney), Europe and the States are covered in several inches of global warming—closing airports, stopping traffic from Moscow to Boston, and causing the UK’s Independent newspaper (which back in 2000 declared “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”!) to warn today’s Britons to “stand by for icy blasts and heavy snow.”
To repeat the mantra, it’s not about short-term weather, it’s about long-term climate.
And as even long-term warmist excitement-monger James Hansen was forced to concede this week,
The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing.
That is to say, despite predictions there has been no warming for the last decade; indeed, not for the last sixteen years.
* The difference between this week’s “record temp” in a Sydney three times bigger than in 1939 and with vastly more asphalt was just 0.5 of a degree.