Professor Curry, a former US National Research Council Climate Research Committee member and the author of more than 190 peer-reviewed papers, responded: 'A note to defenders of the idea that the planet has been warming for the past 16 years. Raise the level of your game. Nothing in the Met Office's statement . . . effectively refutes Mr. Rose's argument that there has been no increase in the global average surface temperature for the past 16 years.