A nice article on the current state of climate research, and the impact that the sun and sun spots have on climate. With all the talk about Hurricanes and global warming, it is critical that the information and debate be based in reality.
The article includes this quotation:
Climate stability has never been a feature of planet Earth. The only constant about climate is change; it changes continually and, at times, quite rapidly. Many times in the past, temperatures were far higher than today, and occasionally, temperatures were colder. As recently as 6,000 years ago, it was about 3C warmer than now. Ten thousand years ago, while the world was coming out of the thou-sand-year-long “Younger Dryas” cold episode, temperatures rose as much as 6C in a decade — 100 times faster than the past century’s 0.6C warming that has so upset environmentalists.
The article goes on to state that:
1. “The sun is brighter now than at any time in the past 8,000 years.”
2. This increase in brigthness is “not calculated to be sufficient to cause the past century’s modest warming on its own.”
3. The amplifier is cosmic rays which enhance cloud formation and are decreased by high sun activity.
The most interesting point in the article is:
Solar scientists predict that, by 2020, the sun will be starting into its weakest Schwabe solar cycle of the past two centuries, likely leading to unusually cool conditions on Earth.
Beginning to plan for adaptation to such a cool period, one which may continue well beyond one 11-year cycle, as did the Little Ice Age, should be a priority for governments. It is global cooling, not warming, that is the major climate threat to the world, especially Canada.