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Sunday, February 11, 2007

A new theory of climate change

Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, writes in today's Times Online: An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

Disdain for the sun goes with a failure by the self-appointed greenhouse experts to keep up with inconvenient discoveries about how the solar variations control the climate. The sun’s brightness may change too little to account for the big swings in the climate. But more than 10 years have passed since Henrik Svensmark in Copenhagen first pointed out a much more powerful mechanism.

He saw from compilations of weather satellite data that cloudiness varies according to how many atomic particles are coming in from exploded stars. More cosmic rays, more clouds.

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The only trouble with Svensmark’s idea — apart from its being politically incorrect — was that meteorologists denied that cosmic rays could be involved in cloud formation. After long delays in scraping together the funds for an experiment, Svensmark and his small team at the Danish National Space Center hit the jackpot in the summer of 2005.
A new book, The Chilling Stars co-authored by Henrik Svensmark and Nigel Calder is due to be published this month.

h/t: Drudge

3 comments:

Jonathan Lowe said...

Good stuff. My analaysis of Australian weather actually agrees with this hypothesis that the sun has a lot larger effect than we think.

See this article as an example:
http://gustofhotair.blogspot.com/2006/11/that-sun-is-hot.html

Cheers
Jonathan

Bill said...

Jonathan,

Thanks. I agree. Here's a live link to your article.

Per Strandberg said...

Most climate scientists have only studied thermodynamics and meteorology and because of that favor greenhouse gases as a cause for global warming and do anything
to dismiss the Sun's influence.

I started to look at the cause for global warming by looking at the real data over the two existing theories.