The Pause that refreshes

Matt Ridley, writing for the Wall Street Journal, has an opinion piece headed:
Whatever Happened to Global Warming?Now come climate scientists' implausible explanations for why the 'hiatus' has passed the 15-year mark.
Matt says that at first the climate research establishment denied (climate deniers?) that the pause existed
 noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or "hiatus"), but that it doesn't after all invalidate their theories. 
But the pause has lasted too long.
When the climate scientist and geologist Bob Carter of James Cook University in Australia wrote an article in 2006 saying that there had been no global warming since 1998 according to the most widely used measure of average global air temperatures, there was an outcry. A year later, when David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London made the same point, the environmentalist and journalist Mark Lynas said in the New Statesman that Mr. Whitehouse was "wrong, completely wrong," and was "deliberately, or otherwise, misleading the public." 
We know now that it was Mr. Lynas who was wrong. Two years before Mr. Whitehouse's article, climate scientists were already admitting in emails among themselves that there had been no warming since the late 1990s. "The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998," wrote Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia in Britain in 2005. He went on: "Okay it has but it is only seven years of data and it isn't statistically significant." 
If the pause lasted 15 years, they conceded, then it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which policy was being built.
Game over! All the major data set shows a different story; now show a long warming pause. This blog has shown a graph of almost 18 years. However a new statistical analysis by University of Guelph's Ross McKitrick reveals a different story:

HAC-Robust Measurement of the Duration of a Trendless Subsample in a Global Climate Time Series
DOI: 10.4236/ojs.2014.47050  Ross McKitrick  (LINK)
ABSTRACTThe IPCC has drawn attention to an apparent leveling-off of globally-averaged temperatures over the past 15 years or so. Measuring the duration of the hiatus has implications for determining if the underlying trend has changed, and for evaluating climate models. Here, I propose a method for estimating the duration of the hiatus that is robust to unknown forms of heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation (HAC) in the temperature series and to cherry-picking of endpoints. For the specific case of global average temperatures I also add the requirement of spatial consistency between hemispheres. The method makes use of the Vogelsang-Franses (2005) HAC-robust trend variance estimator which is valid as long as the underlying series is trend stationary, which is the case for the data used herein. Application of the method shows that there is now a trendless interval of 19 years duration at the end of the HadCRUT4 surface temperature series, and of 16 - 26 years in the lower troposphere. Use of a simple AR1 trend model suggests a shorter hiatus of 14 - 20 years but is likely unreliable. (bold added)
Matt Ridley mentions 
Xianyao Chen and Ka-Kit Tung think the Atlantic Ocean may continue to prevent any warming for the next two decades.
The Alarmist's alarm is morphing into a period of non-alarm.

How embarrassing!

Read more at the WSJ - here.