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July 24, 2013

Global Warming Is Now Global Cooling

I'm sure you never expected that. Well, of course you expected it. But maybe you didn't think it would happen so soon.

First up, "scientists" scramble to explain why the temperature, which all of their Sacred Scrolls, I mean computer models, said would continuing going up year-after-year is now flatlined in a long hiatus.

Meanwhile, many heretics have thought that the Sun's cycles of growing and fading sunspots are more likely the reason for the small amount of observed warming between the 70s and 1998. And now those sunspots are predicting a long cold spell... which, ironically, carbon-fueled global warming, if it exists to any significant degree, would help amelioriate.

It was an astonishing discovery, our sun can change. There was something different about the sun back then. Between 1645 and 1715, sunspots were rare. About 50 were observed. There should have been 50,000. Ever since the sunspot cycle was discovered, researchers have looked for its rhythm superimposed on the earth’s climate. In some cases, it is there but usually at low levels. But there was something strange about the time when the sunspots disappeared that left scientists to ponder if the sun’s unusual behaviour could have something to do with the fact that the 17th century was also a time when the earth’s northern hemisphere chilled with devastating consequences.

Scientists call that event the Little Ice Age and it affected Europe at just the wrong time. In response to the more benign climate of the earlier medieval warm period, Europe’s population may have doubled. But in the mid-17th century, demographic growth stopped and in some areas fell – in part due to the reduced crop yields caused by climate change. Bread prices doubled and then quintupled and hunger weakened the population.

The English preacher John King wrote: “Our years are turned upside down, our summers are no summers; our harvests, no harvests.”

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The key point is that looking back through the sunspot record reveals many periods when the sun’s activity was high and low – and in general they are related to warm and cool climatic periods. For example, as well as the Little Ice Age there was the weak sun and the cold Iron Age, the active sun and the warm Bronze Age. Scientists cannot readily explain how the sun’s activity affects the earth but it is an observational correlation that the sun’s moods have a climatic effect on the planet.

The big question is what will happen in the future. Cycle 24 is weak with few sunspots. Could it be that our sun is behaving like it did in the 17th century? Could we be on the verge of a new Little Ice Age?

Thanks to @comradearthur.



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