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Bad Science: NASA Says Sun Can Make Climate Hot

by | 6th, June 2009

hand-of-godBAD Science is not always about securing a research grant or explaining to the Dean what you’ve been up to all year. Bad science is about licking a finger, sticking it in the air and noting that it gets dry when it’s not raining, and wet when it is.

A study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland looking at climate data over the past century has concluded that solar variation has made a significant impact on the Earth’s climate. The report concludes that evidence for climate changes based on solar radiation can be traced back as far as the Industrial Revolution.

Solar radiation affects climate. Gorrit?

Past research has shown that the sun goes through eleven year cycles. At the cycle’s peak, solar activity occurring near sunspots is particularly intense, basking the Earth in solar heat. According to Robert Cahalan, a climatologist at the Goddard Space Flight Center, “Right now, we are in between major ice ages, in a period that has been called the Holocene.”

Sun shines = solar heat.

Thomas Woods, solar scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder concludes, “The fluctuations in the solar cycle impacts Earth’s global temperature by about 0.1 degree Celsius, slightly hotter during solar maximum and cooler during solar minimum. The sun is currently at its minimum, and the next solar maximum is expected in 2012.”

Such is the science…

Spotter: Deceiver



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