knorthern knight (513660) writes "James Hansen, in a 1988 speech speech to the US Congress, claimed that 10 years of rising temperatures proved that the earth was warming. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/jun/23/climatechange.carbonemissions2 But in 2008, a 10 year pause was not considered sufficient to show that it had stopped. In a 2011 news release https://www.llnl.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/Nov/NR-11-11-03.html Ben Santer said a minimum 17 year pause was required before claiming that it was more than statistical noise. The November 4 update of RSS (Remote Sensing Systems) monthly temperature anomalies to the end of October ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/monthly_time_series/rss_monthly_msu_amsu_channel_tlt_anomalies_land_and_ocean_v03_3.txt shows that over a 204 month period (Nov 1996 to Oct 2013) there has been no warming. Indeed, the slope is very slightly negative for that period. A more detailed story at skeptical site http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/04/rss-reaches-santers-17-years/"