Several journalists had a go at informing the public about the "Quiet" Sun yesterday, and the most notable mistake that we came across was in the Daily Mail. David Derbyshire had the following comments...Has the sun gone in? Earth's closest star 'dimmest it's been for a century'
Natural cycles of the sun directly affect our climate. Between 1645 and 1710, the sun went through an unusually quiet spell which some believe triggered a mini Ice Age.
Some climate change sceptics have claimed the warming of the Earth in the last 100 years is the result of solar activity. However, studies have shown the sun's activity has been decreasing since 1985 while the Earth's temperature has risen sharply.
We have no idea how David arrived at his conclusions that the Suns activity had been decreasing since 1985, but if that was the case then David also missed out one vital piece of information to his readers, and that was, the Extra Solar Activity that started in the 1950's, resulted in the gradual warming of the Earth's oceans creating more water vapor, the main so called "Greenhouse Gas".