Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Cool Newsbit

This story offers a look at some data that has dismayed the science-as-a-social-cause global warming movement; it appears that the Earth has cooled significantly in the past year or so, in a period that coincided with a reduction in the amount of sunspot activity and the subsequent solar cooling.

Lots of scientists have, for the past few years, cited hard scientific data to point out that the hue and cry over global warming was every bit as premature as the cries about the coming ice age that were so prevalent thirty years ago. There simply wasn't enough data to draw a global warming conclusion, many prudent scientists and meteorological experts pointed out--but for the most part, they were excoriated for not falling into line with the groupthink in favor of global warming as an impending disaster.

...Kenneth Tapping, of Canada's National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun... is convinced the Earth is destined for a long period of severely cold weather if solar activity does not pick up soon.

"The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850," Gunter writes.

"It's way too early to claim the same is about to happen again, but then it's way too early for the hysteria of the global warmers, too."

It's nice to see that he's not as quick to jump to a conclusion as the other side was.

Remember, scientists also told us in grave tones that nothing would grow in Hiroshima for 75 years... and they turned out to be wrong by--well, by 74 years.

Scientific conclusions are only as valid as the data going in (check out this site for some interesting insight into questionable placement of weather stations)... and there's been a lot evidence tha the data going in was skewed. Now, perhaps some people will begin to wait for the evidence before presenting the conclusions...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We have frequent discussions here at work about the global warming issue. There are so many people (my mother-in-law included) that blindly believe that the Earth is going to evaporate into nothing, with no consideration that this planet is heartier than they think.....