I posted a comment on our Facebook and twitter (@weatherschool) yesterday about the climatological periods used in the latest UKCP18 report.
There were a few comments by email asking about the report and a poster made a comment about how "climate change is a political campaign".
You'll know that I'm a bit of a fence sitter in the whole human-induced climate change debate (what used to be called AGW, anthropogenic global warming). It's the data that formulates my opinion on the subject, and this may change day to day.
As of now I am more in the climate change camp and think that the risk of doing nothing greatly outweighs the risk of waiting to see what happens.
That's not to say I think the science being undertaken in climate change research is all good. There are many questions about funding and the 'the debate is settled, climate change is happening, move on" approach.
And so I thought it might be helpful to post here my response to the "political campaign" comment, also penned on Facebook. Note, this is not to disparage the poster, or to look for argument, but I think that we should be stating climate change as it is so that everyone can make an informed choice.
" A cooling trend is observed when the sun approaches its quietest period in the solar cycle. Most climate scientists would state that this effect will mitigate some of the warming global temperatures we have seen in recent decades.