Duffy asked Marohasy: "Is the Earth stillwarming?"
She replied: "No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what youd expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years."
Duffy: "Is this a matter of any controversy?"
Marohasy: "Actually, no. The head of the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has actually acknowledged it. He talks about the apparent plateau in temperatures so far this century. So he recognises that in this century, over the past eight years, temperatures have plateaued ... This is not what youd expect, as I said, because if carbon dioxide is driving temperature then youd expect that, given carbon dioxide levels have been continuing to increase, temperatures should be going up ... So its very unexpected, not something thats being discussed. It should be being discussed, though, because its very significant."