Something that comes as no surprise to anyone who has been following temperature trends over the last decade or so has now been acknowledged in a release from the Britain’s Met Office Hadley Center and the Climate Research Unite at East Anglia–these are the keepers of the data primarily used by the United Nation’s IPCC. According to the Daily Mail:

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 ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996.

Now one would think that this would be pretty big news and data that the scientists and data collectors would want to make the public, many of whom are quite afraid that their lives will be ruined by global warming, aware of the calming data. But not really. According to the Mail, “The new data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, was issued  quietly on the internet, without any media fanfare, and, until today, it has not been reported.”

And as far as I know, it still hasn’t been reported in the US.