No, Global Warming Hasn't Stopped
It is said that there is nothing new under the Sun, and the denialist argument that there has been no warming since 1997 or 1998 is an oft-repeated one. We've addressed it here several times, notably back in 2009 when 'Washington Post' columnist George Will was repeating it a great deal.
It seemed to, ahem, cool down a little when 2010 moved ahead of 1998 in the medal race for World's Hottest Year - but, as John Cook of the excellent Skeptical Science blog said when I mentioned the Daily Mail article to him, "I fully expect to see this 'global warming has stopped' myth repeated for many years to come." Indeed, David Rose, author of the 'Daily Mail' article, has been repeating that same line for some time himself.
VIDEO: Monitoring Climate ChangeSo what's the story? It should first of all be pointed out that, contrary to the headline's claims, the Met Office didn't "quietly release" any report - it simply updated its ongoing temperature data set. It should also be pointed out that a scientist whom Rose quoted as saying that the news showed climate models are 'deeply flawed' in fact insists she said no such thing.
The key point here is in the arbitrary starting point. Climate scientists note that while the underlying long-term trend is unmistakable, it can be masked by short-term natural variations. And 1998 was an exceptionally hot year as a result of a very strong El Niño that created a lot of atmospheric warming. (In fact, it currently occupies the bronze medal position, behind 2005 and the race-leading 2010.) Move the starting point to 1999, and the picture changes considerably.