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July 11, 2004

Sun Affects Climate

Astounding Scientific Discovery

Last June, I posted an item on Global Warming, "More Globes Warming," pointing out that climate changes over the centuries have correlated strongly with solar output as indicated by sunspot activity, and that other bodies of the Solar System also appear to be showing a temperature rise at present. The links below are to reports showing that solar activity is indeed higher than it has been for something like 1,000 years. My prediction, based on the pattern of past events, is that we will now see a spate of dire warnings from the Greens that fossil-fuel burning is messing up the Sun.

Sunspots Reaching 1,000 Year High, BBC News Online, July 6, 2004

Evidence For an Unusually Active Sun Since the 1940s (pdf file), Physical Review Letters, 21 November 2003, Vol 91, No 21.

Solar Variability and Climate Change: Is There a Link? (pdf file), Harold Jeffreys Lecture to the Royal Astronomical Society, 2002, given by Sami K. Solanki, one of the authors of the second paper above.

These are taken from an information source called the Cambridge Conference Network, recommended to me by Alex Bonnici, a New Yorker now living and teaching in Malta. From its web site, the CCNet is described as:

"A scholarly electronic network moderated by Benny J Peiser at Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom.

It is the aim of this network to disseminate information and research findings related to:

  • i) geological and historical neo-catastrophism,
  • ii) NEO research and the hazards to civilization due to comets, asteroids and meteor streams,
  • iii) the development of a planetary civilization capable of protecting itself against cosmic disasters.

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