Thursday :: Apr 3, 2008

Don't Blame The Sun


by Turkana

Some global warming deniers try to place the blame on the Sun. Seriously. The Sun's getting hotter, or Sun spots are getting funky, or Sun flares, or Solar gases, or Solar wind, or maybe just that the Sun's several billion years ahead of itself, on going Red Giant. Or something.

Anyway, back in the real world, where scientists practice science, and facts are given more credence than hallucinatory fantasies, the Guardian is reporting:

Scientists have produced further compelling evidence showing that modern-day climate change is not caused by changes in the Sun's activity.

The research contradicts a favoured theory of climate "sceptics", that changes in cosmic rays coming to Earth determine cloudiness and temperature.

The idea is that variations in solar activity affect cosmic ray intensity.

But Lancaster University scientists found there has been no significant link between them in the last 20 years.

Presenting their findings in the Institute of Physics journal, Environmental Research Letters, the UK team explain that they used three different ways to search for a correlation, and found virtually none.

Not that science will change the mind of anyone whose mind is immune to being changed by facts.

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