Monday, December 04, 2006

Move Over Global Warming

In the recent hype of global warming, the sun has taken a backseat to anthropogenic causes of global warming. Yet in the slight warming that the earth has experienced over the past century, solar patterns have played an important role. Researchers from Duke
estimate that the sun contributed as much as 45–50% of the 1900–2000 global warming, and 25–35% of the 1980–2000 global warming.
Despite the fact that politicians have not denounced the sun, wasted billions, and held international conferences to accomplish nothing over solar patterns, the sun seems poised to do its part to alleviate global warming.
Researchers with the Russian Academy of Sciences warned Wednesday that the Earth could be headed for a 60-year cooldown, the news agency Interfax reported.

Scientists based at the academy's Pulkovskaya Observatory in St Petersburg, Russia, said they expected a gradual decrease in global temperatures in 2012-15, followed by a more dramatic, 60-year period of cold to come in 2055-60.

Khabibullo Abdusamatov, chief researcher at the observatory, said the predictions were based on solar cycles, and that after the 60-year glimpse of the Ice Ages warmer weather could be expected.

HT junkscience and Cato-at-Liberty

1 comment:

Tim said...

Why David, if the temperatures DROP in the future after implementing increasingly strict environmental controls, that means that the policies worked, right?

And if temperatures rise in the future, it must mean that we haven't done enough, so we'd best get cracking and redouble our efforts at legislating utopia.