Uh-Oh here it comes! Al Gore and his fellow members of the Church of Global Warming are about to build a giant fire hose so they can put out the Sun. They haven’t announced it as of yet, but they will once they read this new study published in Nature Journal which indicates changes in the Sun’s energy out put is a major factor in the global temperature increases seen in recent years.The study downplays the influence of human-driven carbon emissions. In other words, the only way to stop global warming may be to get rid of the Star in the middle of the solar system.
As the Sun has shown decreased levels of activity during the past decade, it had been generally thought that it was warming the Earth less, not more. Thus, scientists considered that temperature rises seen in global databases must mean that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions – in particular of CO2 – must be exerting a powerful warming effect.
Now, however, boffins working at Imperial College in London (and one in Colorado) have analysed detailed sunlight readings taken from 2004 to 2007 by NASA’s Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite. They found that although the Sun was putting out less energy overall than usual, in line with observations showing decreased sunspot activity, it actually emitted more in the key visible-light and near-infrared wavelengths.
That visible-light and near-infrared wavelength energy does a great job at penetrating the atmosphere and heat up the surface of the earth (it is that same kind of light that goes through your car windows and make your automobile leather seats burn your butt when you sit down on a summer afternoon. So while many scientists were saying that because the Sun has been pretty calm for the last few decades, the earth should be cooling, in actuality the earth should have been warming at the time.
Contrary to expectations, the amount of energy reaching the Earth at visible wavelengths increased rather than decreased as the Sun’s activity declined, causing this warming effect.
“These results are challenging what we thought we knew about the Sun’s effect on our climate,” says Professor Joanna Haigh of Imperial, lead author of the study.
“It does require verification, but our findings could be too important to not publish them now,” she told hefty boffinry mag Nature, which published the new research. The prof considers that increased sun-powered warming probably had as much effect on global temperature as carbon during the period of her study. .
…Nonetheless, the research indicates that the Sun’s influence on the climate is poorly understood, and that current climate models will probably have to be amended in some way. Other scientists have lately said that solar influences are stronger than established climate theory had originally estimated.
It has also been more and more widely admitted among climate scientists in recent years that among human-caused emissions, other factors – in particular black carbon (soot) and sulphate aerosols – may exercise an influence as powerful as that of greenhouse gases.
While this study is only a first step in the investigation it does poke another hole in the climate change alarmist’s sail. It also gives Al Gore a new career, Solar Fireman.