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AP/TT News Agency, Bertil Enevag Ericson

French Michel Jarraud, left, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, and Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during the presentation of the IPCC climate report in Stockholm, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

Many governments had objections over how the issue was treated in earlier drafts and some had called for it to be deleted altogether.

In the end, the IPCC made only a brief mention of the issue in the summary for policymakers, stressing that short-term records are sensitive to natural variability and don’t in general reflect long-term trends.

“An old rule says that climate-relevant trends should not be calculated for periods less than around 30 years,” said Thomas Stocker, co-chair of the group that wrote the report.

vía Weather Underground.

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