I thought it only right that I should add to these discussions of the recent “pause” in surface warming. As you can see from the figure below, there is a clear correlation between the decrease in the number of pirates and the increase in global surface temperature. However, the figure stops in 2000, so it seems clear that the slowdown in surface warming is largely a consequence of the increase in the number of pirates, post 2000 (H/T Joshua). So, this seems unequivocal to me, but others are free to use the comments to disagree.
(Given the existence of Poe’s Law, I should probably make clear that I’m not being serious 🙂 )