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April 14, 2009
Breaking News: 'Sunspots May Cause Climate Fluctuations'
Are sanity and science about to make a comeback in climatology? Willie Soon, a researcher affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Harvard College Observatory, offered his comments in this article at thecrimson.com
The title of the article at the The Harvard Crimson wins the award for stating the obvious: "Sunspots May Cause Climate Fluctuations, Harvard astrophysicist says recent cooler temps are a result of fewer sunspots." Apparently this researcher didn't get the memo to just go along with the CO2 theory to keep the money rolling in.
Here is a sample:
Sunspot activity may be a primary factor in climate fluctuations, according to Willie Soon, a researcher affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Harvard College Observatory, who offered the hypothesis in an interview with TG Daily, an online news source.It might be a good idea to copy this article and save it. This researcher may have a visit from a couple of guys wearing dark suits and sunglasses soon and we may never hear from him again.
Although many climatologists have cited increases in carbon dioxide as the primary cause of the temperature increases associated with global warming, Soon maintained that solar radiation from sunspots also has a great effect.
“The sun is a great driving force to climate change,” Soon said in an interview with The Crimson yesterday, adding that most observed climate data could be explained by fluctuations in solar radiation.
Sunspots—pockets of magnetism on the sun’s surface—generate high levels of energy, which then heat the Earth’s atmosphere.
Soon told TG Daily that the lack of additional energy resulting from a decrease in sunspots is directly responsible for colder temperatures experienced in recent years.
He said that, as of last week, there had been sunspots on only 11 days this year, and there were only 99 days with visible sunspots last year—the second-lowest total since 1911.