Something unexpected is happening on the Sun. 2013 was supposed to be the year of “solar maximum,” the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. Yet 2013 has arrived and solar activity is relatively low. Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent.
Global temperatures are warmer than at any time in at least 4,000 years, scientists reported Thursday, and over the coming decades are likely to surpass levels not seen on the planet since before the last ice age.
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Previous research had extended back roughly 1,500 years, and suggested that the rapid temperature spike of the past century, believed to be a consequence of human activity, exceeded any warming episode during those years. The new work confirms that result while suggesting the modern warming is unique over a longer period.
As usual, there is no connection made between the sun and global warming stories. They WILL tell you it’s all man-made and that the sun does not affect the Earth’s climate. As usual, we are just expected to believe this is just another coincidence.
News flash people, driving electric cars and using more expensive light bulbs will barely mitigate the Sun’s impact on Earth’s climate. And, the Sun has been noticeably hotter the last thirty years. It’s at a maximum in it’s cycle and NOTHING is happening. Those sunspots and solar storms COOL the sun. And, I would guess, cool the Earth as well.
When someone presents an argument that includes all of the obvious impacts on Earth’s climate and what we can do to exist within those parameters, I’ll buy into it. Ignoring the most obvious impact and blaming it all on man is just stupid, and in most cases so far, is doing more harm than good.