In quick bursts of recent activity “light has been shed” in more ways than solar.
Cryptic? Yes. Read and click on … with a song 😉
if the ‘deniers’ are the only ones standing up for the integrity of the scientific process, and the independence of the IPCC, then I too am a ‘denier’
7 June 2011 – A “never seen anything like this before, spectacular” amazing prominance eruption with associated solar flare imaged by the new Solar Dynamics Observatory. Incredible, especially when you consider that each of the black “drops” are Earth sized and the “splash” covers half the solar surface. WOW!
Contrary to the UN, government’s, politician’s and The Media’s long held statements of “no solar influence on Earth’s climate” … but in keeping with the Climate Skeptic/Realist decades-old position of “major solar influence on Earth’s climate” … the American Astronomical Society has just made a “major” solar announcement predicting the slowing/halting of the sunspot cycle:
All three of these lines of research point to the familiar sunspot cycle shutting down for a while. “If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades,” Hill said. “That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate.”
So, what about a Sun-Earth climate connection? Well the hypothesis of: lower solar magnetic fields → more Earth impacting cosmic rays → more low level clouds → cooler temperatures … still seems to be viable. Recent evidence from the CLOUD experiment at the CERN particle accellerator appears to support a Sun-Earth climate link. Time will tell. Though I think we should still be skeptical, yet once again, of our “lovable” 😉 Media’s continuing fascination for another Global Cooling Scare. Already they are harping on about a coming Maunder Minimum II. It’s probly best to stick with a mild cooling like the 1960s. The Sun is a fickle mistress who’s ways and favours are still largely unpredictable.
However, more importantly, this Climate Scare episode in human history appears to be setting the stage for the “rules of engagement” of the globalised practice of science in this coming and wonderful 21st Century. We live in interesting times. 🙂
And, back to you Mark, it looks like you “will not go quietly into the [Green] night”… but be warned: no fame, no fortune. The pay is lousy, the fields are muddy and the ways are dimly lit. Hand to hand combat possible, street by street fighting probable … but maybe, just maybe … a little bit of glory … long after you are dead. But hey … who wants to live forever! 😉
I’m a Denier – M4GW