Sunday, December 8, 2013

(Related update): Growing concern over global cooling

Related update 2: Staying with the global cooling theme again, consider this:
Critics of those who claim that man-made global warming is a serious threat to the planet and settled science frequently point to the fickleness of scientists on the issue, noting that in the 60s and 70s scientists were warning of just the opposite. It now appears the critic’s claims may have merit as a new consensus is beginning to once again return to the global cooling model.
Read the entire article here.  And, as a reminder, cold is way more deadly and destructive than warm.   
Critics of those who claim that man-made global warming is a serious threat to the planet and settled science frequently point to the fickleness of scientists on the issue, noting that in the 60s and 70s scientists were warning of just the opposite. It now appears the critic’s claims may have merit as a new consensus is beginning to once again return to the global cooling model.
Read more at http://usfinancepost.com/scientists-increasingly-moving-to-global-cooling-consensus-9198.html#YcqX1KRfFtzr27gA.99

Related update: As noted in the original post below, OLS has been keeping an eye on the growing attention that our climate future might be one of cooling and not of warming.  Today, the Global Warming Policy Foundation linked to an article looking at research from German scientists who believe global cooling may be upon us:
German scientists contend that two natural cycles will combine to lower global temperatures throughout the 21st Century.
The scientists show that there is an approximate 200-year solar cycle, supported by historical temperature data and proxy data from stalagmites in caves.  “The solar activity agrees well with the terrestrial climate. It clearly shows in particular all historic temperature minima.”
Read more here.
Original post:  OLS has posted previously on a growing body of work and scientific attention on the topic of global cooling (see here and here).  The basis for this perspective is new research on the role the sun plays in earth's temperature record.  Until recently, environmentalists have pretty much ignored this variable; however, that is clearly changing as this excellent article by environmentalism journalist Lawrence Solomon chronicles in a recent Financial Post article.  Here's Solomon:
In the last two years, the scientific community’s openness to examining the role of the Sun in climate change – as opposed to the role of man – has exploded. Scientists are now rediscovering earlier works by scientists at the Danish National Space Center who as early as the 1990s published peer-reviewed articles demonstrating the Sun’s role in climate change. And by scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Pulkovo Observatory, whose predictions in the last decade that global cooling would start in this decade are looking especially prescient.
Excellent, educational article, definitely recommended. [ht: thegwpf.org]