'After taking out the effect of ENSO and eruptions, it is apparent that temperatures have been flat since the early 1990’s; indeed they have arguably been falling since. This is significant. We are often told that the 17-year pause, with which we are all familiar, is solely dependent on cherry picking the big El Nino year of 1998 as a starting point. What Santer’s study shows is that there has been no underlying upward trend in global temperatures for more than 20 years.'
Georgia Institute of Technology's Dr. Judith Curry on April 15, 2015 at The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Hearing on the President’s UN Climate Pledge: 'Recent data and research supports the importance of natural climate variability and calls into question the conclusion that humans are the dominant cause of recent climate change. This includes:
The slow down in global warming since 1998
Reduced estimates of the sensitivity of climate to carbon dioxide
Climate models that are predicting much more warming than has been observed so far in the 21st century
We have made some questionable choices in defining the problem of climate change and its solution:
The definition of ‘dangerous’ climate change is ambiguous, and hypothesized catastrophic tipping points are regarded as very or extremely unlikely in the 21st century
Efforts to link dangerous impacts of extreme weather events to human-caused warming are misleading and unsupported by evidence.