The Realists Take on Climate Change
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Thursday, October 2nd 2008, 2:31 PM EDT
From Financial Times - London,England,UK
The silent Sun’s uncertain course
by Clive Cookson
Experts are reluctant to predict the consequences for Earth and its inhabitants because there are so many complex interactions between the Sun’s output, the planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field, and cosmic radiation from outer space. Some climatologists say that, over a period of decades, a quieter Sun means a cooler Earth, although the relationship between solar activity and climate is particularly controversial.
Thursday, October 2nd 2008, 2:10 PM EDT
From The TimesOnLine
Video: The Green Rush: Nigel Lawson appeals for calm as 'new religion' takes hold
by Rosie Lavan
The former Conservative Chancellor Nigel Lawson made a sceptical and profoundly controversial foray into environmentalism earlier this year with the publication of his book, An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, which argued against the accepted views on global warming and the increasing fears which surround the issue.
Thursday, October 2nd 2008, 2:04 PM EDT
From The Press Association (ukpress.google.com)
Ireland: Coldest September for 14 years
Most of the country suffered the coldest September in 14 years, forecasters revealed. In its monthly summary Met Eireann said the temperature never rose above 20 Celsius anywhere - the first such occurrence in more than 30 years.
Thursday, October 2nd 2008, 1:58 PM EDT
From Mt. Vernon Register-News - Mt. Vernon,IL,USA
A Reader's View: The phantom crisis of global warming
by Geroge Webb
Global warming is a natural blessing. Recent advances in science have made it possible to measure solar radiation intensity with great accuracy. It can now be shown that carbon dioxide (CO2) doesn’t cause warming but warming causes the oceans to release CO2. This may come as a surprise to most, but the “fraud and deceit in selling man-made global warming” (see Chapter 6, “Unstoppable Global Warming,” S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery) is without equal. Let’s look at the hard scientific facts.
Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 5:37 PM EDT
Speech to Public Meeting; Franklin Centre, Pukekohe
ACT PARTY NZ SAYS: "DROP ETS!" by Rodney Hide MP
"There is no evidence that CO2 drives climate or that industrialisation is warming the world. In fact, the evidence is the reverse...When I started out as an environmentalist the fear was global cooling...The science is weak. The costs are huge." Rodney Hide, leader of the Act Party has a Master's degree in Environmental Science.
Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 3:36 PM EDT
From Blogs.Citypages.com (Video from MinnPost.Com)
Video: Meteorologist Dahl: Sun, not man, changes climate
Posted by Emily Kaiser
The few (if any) people in the Twin Cities who watch KSTP know meteorologist Dave Dahl for his weather forecasts and his global warming skepticism. Well he's come out full force over at MinnPost and made his position clear: Sun, not man, causes global climate change.
Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 11:35 AM EDT
Global warming has paused
by Syun-Ichi Akasofu, Community Perspective
We still need to study nature’s contribution to trend
Recent studies by the Hadley Climate Research Center (UK), the Japan Meteorological Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of East Anglia (UK) and the University of Alabama Huntsville show clearly that the rising trend of global average temperature stopped in 2000-2001. Further, NASA data shows that warming in the southern hemisphere has stopped, and that ocean temperatures also have stopped rising.
Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 10:54 AM EDT
From The Los Angeles Times (LATimes.Com}
The green bubble bursts
by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
Democrats and greens ended up in this predicament because they believed their own press clippings -- or, perhaps more accurately, Al Gore's. After the release of the documentary film and book "An Inconvenient Truth," greens convinced themselves that U.S. public opinion on climate change had shifted dramatically, despite having no empirical evidence that was the case. In fact, public concern about global warming was about the same before the movie -- 65% told a Gallup poll in 2007 that global warming was a somewhat or very important concern in comparison to 63% in 1989.
Wednesday, October 1st 2008, 10:27 AM EDT
50 years, 100 years
Spotless Sun: Blankest Year of the Space Age
Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA
Sept. 30, 2008: Astronomers who count sunspots have announced that 2008 is now the "blankest year" of the Space Age. As of Sept. 27, 2008, the sun had been blank, i.e., had no visible sunspots, on 200 days of the year. To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go back to 1954, three years before the launch of Sputnik, when the sun was blank 241 times.
Above: A histogram showing the blankest years of the last half-century. The vertical axis is a count of spotless days in each year. The bar for 2008, which was updated on Sept. 27th, is still growing. Larger images:
Tuesday, September 30th 2008, 3:37 PM EDT
From Daily Tech February 26th 2008
Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.
This was an important news story concerning world temperatures at the start of the year, and yes, the article linked the cooling to reduced solar activity.