Sunday, March 25, 2007

Interesting Graphs

For all the talk we hear about global warming and how CO2 is going to melt the ice and kill the polar bears, there usually isn’t much said about changes temperature due to solar activity. You don’t have to be an econometrician or run regressions to know which variable better fits changes in Arctic temperatures.


b tween said...

One of the websites I enjoy reading ( ) published an entertaining thread about the global warming that is affecting the entire solar system. Apparently, we're moving into a quadrant of the universe that's filled with dust and matter left over from the big bang, and the increase in friction, and dramatic increases in solar activity (as it burns up this space-junk) are raising temperatures all around.
(I'm doing this from memory, so I may be inaccurate in exactly recalling the details, so look it up yourself for the full story...)

It seems that our solar system will be fully within this region of space in 2012 - the year the Mayan calendar ends.

The tinfoil-hat set finds great significance in this.

Me? I shrug my shoulders, as I do with everything else, and count on the fact that no matter what happens, life will go on.

Jacob said...

Where'd these graphs come from? I've been searching for them, but I can't seem to find them anywhere.

Warren said...

I got them from the Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming, page 146. Horner (the author) credited them to Willie Soon of Harvard.

jeremy h. said...

Did you ever consider that global warming is causing solar activity to change? The Sun must be sad about our disregard for the environment!

Warren said...

The Great Global Warming Swindle video discusses this graph at 35:00, and goes more in depth about the sun starting at 30:40.

Jacob said...

I still haven't been able to locate a source for this graph - Soon's papers are primarily astronomical in nature, and the three papers authored by him on climate change are mostly based on computer models, not actual data.

What I was able to find, however, was a fairly large body of papers that demonstrates that solar irradiance has only contributed to (at maximum) 30% of the recent overall warming trend.

Also, I don't know how much I'd be trusting a book where the main selling point is that its "politically incorrect" rather than factually accurate.