First, the BBC (via Elsevier - NL): This year is coolest since 2000.
And today the chicken-littles of the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI): 2008 is tenth warmest year on record. (Original NL reporting here).
Although the title of the latter sounds dramatic enough, the KNMI report notes
De laatste tien jaar is de wereldgemiddelde temperatuur met 0,2 graden gestegen.A bit lower then predicted, isn't it? Moreover, the Hadley Centre's HadCRUT3 annual series shows we've been cooling since about 2001.
The last ten year the global mean temperature has risen 0.2 degrees Celsius.
On the Wing provides a commentary we've nothing to add to:
Of course, the greenies have the explanation ready. It’s El Niña. Which is like El Niño in reverse. Apparently this “El” sucks the warmth from the earth like an arctic wind up your trouser leg. And talking of the Arctic; More bad news. You remember the disappearing polar ice round the North Pole? Well, it isn’t actually disappearing. It’s increasing in size daily. The Polar bears are apparently jubilant. Not to mention a few Eskimos, who are proclaiming that it’s really nice and cold right now.Why, indeed.
I’m sure that governments around the world will ignore this but in the light of this unfortunate truth, I wonder; Why am I paying all that extra tax for something that isn’t happening?
[UPDATE001] On a related note: Scientists Call AP Report on Global Warming 'Hysteria'