Thursday, February 08, 2007

Shining a little Sunshine on Global Warming Claims

"Two New Books Confirm Global Warming Is Natural, Moderate" (HT: BizzyBlog):
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two powerful new books say today's global warming is due not to human activity but primarily to a long, moderate solar-linked cycle. "Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years," by physicist Fred Singer and economist Dennis Avery was released just before Christmas. "The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change," by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark and former BBC science writer Nigel Calder (Icon Books), is due out in March.
The possibility of solar activity being a factor in the global warming trends the Earth is experiencing was addressed in an earlier post.

Specifically, Porkopolis detailed how 60 Minutes failed to note that one of the scientists (Paul Mayewski director of UMaine's Climate Change Institute) they used for their 'it's all human's activity fault' report has published a study that alludes to the Sun's role in climate change (emphasis added):
A team led by University of Maine scientists has reported finding a potential link between changes in solar activity and the Earth's climate. In a paper due to be published in an upcoming volume of the Annals of Glaciology, Paul Mayewski, director of UMaine's Climate Change Institute, and 11 colleagues from China, Australia and UMaine describe evidence from ice cores pointing to an association between the waxing and waning of zonal wind strength around Antarctica and a chemical signal of changes in the sun's output...

...Researchers in the UMaine Climate Change Institute ( have focused on the relationship between solar variability and climate, particularly the use of isotopes in tree rings and ice cores to provide an indication of the sun's strength. The ice core data reported in the paper demonstrates a direct atmospheric consequence associated with changing solar radiation.


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