The rise in global average surface temperatures appears to have slowed down over the last 10-15 years.
Have climate models failed to predict a fundamental shift in the warming trend? Is this an important change that climate science must account for, or just a short-term irrelevance? And what are the other indicators of a warming world showing us?
Five senior climate scientists came to the SMC to discuss the past, present and future of warming.
A set of SMC briefing notes were also published to coincide with the press briefing.
Prof Rowan Sutton, Director of Climate Research, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading
Dr Peter Stott, Head of Climate Monitoring and Attribution, Met Office Hadley Centre
Prof Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change, University of Leeds
Dr Richard P. Allan, Reader in Climate Science, University of Reading
Prof Stephen Belcher, Head of Met Office Hadley Centre