A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Monday, July 19, 2004

It's the Sun wot's done it, M'Lud.....

New scientific research has cast serious doubts on the current hegemonic myth that 'global warming' is primarily driven by anthropogenic emissions of 'greenhouse gases'.

'The truth about global warming - it's the Sun that's to blame' (The Sunday Telegraph, July 18):

"Global warming has finally been explained: the Earth is getting hotter because the Sun is burning more brightly than at any time during the past 1,000 years, according to new research.....

A study by Swiss and German scientists suggests that increasing radiation from the sun is responsible for recent global climate changes.

Dr Sami Solanki, the director of the renowned Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Gottingen, Germany, who led the research, said: 'The Sun has been at its strongest over the past 60 years and may now be affecting global temperatures.....

"Dr Bill Burrows, a climatologist and a member of the Royal Meteorological Society, welcomed Dr Solanki's research. 'While the established view remains that the sun cannot be responsible for all the climate changes we have seen in the past 50 years or so, this study is certainly significant,' he said.

'It shows that there is enough happening on the solar front to merit further research. Perhaps we are devoting too many resources to correcting human effects on the climate without being sure that we are the major contributor.' [my emphasis]"

"The research adds weight to the views of David Bellamy, the conservationist. 'Global warming - at least the modern nightmare version - is a myth,' he said. 'I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy-makers are not. Instead, they have an unshakeable faith in what has, unfortunately, become one of the central credos of the environmental movement: humans burn fossil fuels, which release increased levels of carbon dioxide - the principal so-called greenhouse gas - into the atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to heat up. They say this is global warming: I say this is poppycock.'"

"Poppycock" indeed! Piece of research after piece of research is now undermining the whole mythical construction of human-induced 'global warming'. It's time the British government, and David King in particular, started to listen.

Philip, "The Sun has got its hat on, and it's coming out to play!" I fancy a new Summer cocktail called 'Sunspots'- orange juice, eau de vie de marc, and a touch of blackcurrant. That should raise the temperature a bit! Off to the Great Wen.

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

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