This is circulating rapidly on the Internet. IMO this has insufficient content to warrant such wide distribution. But FYI…
On 26 June 2008 the Climate & Hurricane Forum was held in NYC, sponsored by The Energy Business Watch, with presentations by 4 prominent scientists. The slides of the presentations are posted here (along with bios of the scientists); I found the slides useless (we need the transcripts).
Alan “Petrodamus” Lammey has posted a summary of the Forum at his site, Texas Energy Analyst. Read this as you would a news report, as his bio says that he has no formal training in any energy-related field (his experience in in journalism and finance). Excerpt:
Van Loon spoke about his theories of solar storms and how, combined with, or because of these storms, the Earth has been on a relative roller coaster of climate cycles. For the past 250 years, he said, global climate highs and lows have followed the broad pattern of low and high solar activity. And shorter 11-year sunspot cycles are even more easily correlated to global temperatures. It was cooler from 1883 to 1928 when there was low solar activity, he said, and it has been warmer since 1947 with increased solar activity.
“We are on our way out of the latest (warming) cycle, and are headed for a new cycle of low (solar) activity,” van Loon said. “There is a change coming. We may see 180-degree changes in anomalies during high and low sunspot periods. There were three global climate changes in the last century, there is a change coming now.”
… Perhaps the best known speaker was Colorado State University’s Gray, founder of the school’s famed hurricane research team. Gray spoke about multi-decade periods of warming and cooling and how global climate flux has been the norm for as long as there have been records. Gray has taken quite a bit of political heat for insistence that global warming is not a man-made condition. Man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is negligible, he said, compared to the amount of CO2 Mother Nature makes and disposes of each day or century.
Other sources of information about the Solar Cycle
- Daily sun watch at Spaceweather.com
- NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), including their Solar Cycle Progression page and the latest predictions.
- NASA’s background information about Solar Cycle Predictions
- Detailed information at SolarCycle24.com
- Solaemon’s Spotless Days Page — Excellent graphs of historical sunspot activity
For more information from the FM site
To read other articles about these things, see the following:
- About Science & Nature – my articles
- About Science & nature – studies & reports (esp section 4 about the solar cycle)
- About Science & Nature – general media articles
- About Science & Nature – the history of climate fears
Reference pages about other topics appear on the right side menu bar, including About the FM website page.
Some of the posts about global cooling:
- Good news about global warming!, 21 October 2008
- One of the most interesting sources of news about science and nature!, 27 October 2008
- An important letter sent to the President about the danger of climate change, 21 October 2009
- About those headlines from the past century about global cooling…, 2 November 2009
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