There are scientists who argue that global warming is more likely linked to increased solar activity and that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere produced by human activity is not a major factor.
If this information checks out it will give their argument much more credibility.
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snow cover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile — the list goes on and on.
No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.
Certainly it takes more than one snowflake to make a blizzard, but this will be interesting to watch.
If this is the beginning of a trend there will a lot of important people who will look pretty foolish so I would expect there to be a lot of resistance accepting any facts that would go against the conventional wisdom that the world will burn to a crisp unless we change our wicked ways.
Personally I would hope that this isn’t a shift back to global cooling. Given my druthers I would take the former over the latter (within reason, of course) any day.
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