Environmental Deathblow

As I always suspected, the sun is responsible for warming the earth.

Over the past few hundred years, there has been a steady increase in the numbers of sunspots, a trend that has accelerated in the past century, just at the time when the Earth has been getting warmer.

The data suggests that changing solar activity is influencing in some way the global climate causing the world to get warmer. [bbc]

The sun warms the earth? This is news to me. I thought automobile exhaust warmed the earth. CO2. Greenhouse gasses...?

Sunspots have been monitored on the Sun since 1610, shortly after the invention of the telescope. They provide the longest-running direct measurement of our star's activity.

...In particular, it has been noted that between about 1645 and 1715, few sunspots were seen on the Sun's surface.

This period is called the Maunder Minimum after the English astronomer who studied it.

It coincided with a spell of prolonged cold weather often referred to as the "Little Ice Age". Solar scientists strongly suspect there is a link between the two events - but the exact mechanism remains elusive.

Over the past few thousand years there is evidence of earlier Maunder-like coolings in the Earth's climate - indicated by tree-ring measurements that show slow growth due to prolonged cold.

The new religion of environmentalism cannot be wrong. Can it? Of course not. Just because the evidence points to cyclical sun activity warming the earth, it's probably just a coincidence. It doesn't mean our computer-model-based faith in man-induced global warming is wrong. It's just a coincidence.

It used to be that scientists and philosophers who came up with evidence that didn't match the official doctrine had to give lip service to the official doctrine even though the evidence contradicted it.

Over the past 20 years, however, the number of sunspots has remained roughly constant, yet the average temperature of the Earth has continued to increase.

This is put down to a human-produced greenhouse effect caused by the combustion of fossil fuels.

This latest analysis shows that the Sun has had a considerable indirect influence on the global climate in the past, causing the Earth to warm or chill, and that mankind is amplifying the Sun's latest attempt to warm the Earth.

I still have faith in science. Eventually scientists will again be able to say the earth revolves around the sun. And of course that the sun causes global warming.

Posted by Eric Simonson at July 21, 2004 10:12 AM