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Sunspots and a possible new ice age

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New evidence shows that there’s a possible correlation between sunspots and temperature here on Earth. The bad news for the ecolibs is that sunspots are at a minimum and there’s some serious concern about global cooling and even a small ice age.
In another blow to science, a forecast made two years ago about a significant increase in sunspots failed to materialize. I’d have so much more respect got science if it stopped trying to be the absolute truth and was a little more humble. However, scientists on the side of global warming think they have all the answers and, if the failed sunspot prediction is any indicator, they don’t.

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A social and fiscal conservative, I scour the news for information that disputes the current man-made global warming indoctrination that takes place around the world. I take a rather sarcastic approach to reporting on the nonsense being spewed by the talking heads in the media and the governments around the world.

5 Comments on “Sunspots and a possible new ice age”

  • Tarunkjuyal wrote on 24 April, 2008, 7:59

    On Earth Day, I bought a new car.

    The good news is that, since my old car had been running for a good 6 months with the “Check engine” light on, I’m probably fouling the air less than I was the day before.

  • kenzrw wrote on 25 April, 2008, 23:13

    Look at this article about how cold the ocean around the Antartic has beome and the record high sea ice coverage the past Antarctic summer:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080421111622.htm

    Here’s the entire text of the story:
    “April 23, 2008 – Science Daily
    The Antarctic deep sea is getting colder, which might stimulate the circulation of the oceanic water masses. This is the first result of the Polarstern expedition of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association that has just ended in Punta Arenas/Chile. At the same time satellite images from the Antarctic summer have shown the largest sea-ice extent on record. In the coming years autonomous measuring buoys will be used to find out whether the cold Antarctic summer induces a new trend or was only a “slip“.
    Under the direction of Dr. Eberhard Fahrbach, Oceanographer at the Alfred Wegener Institute, 58 scientists from ten countries were on board the research vessel Polarstern in the Southern Ocean from 6 February until 16 April, 2008. They studied ocean currents as well as the distribution of temperature, salt content and trace substances in Antarctic sea water. “We want to investigate the role of the Southern Ocean for past, present and future climate,“ chief scientist Fahrbach said. The sinking water masses in the Southern Ocean are part of the overturning in this region and thus play a major role in global climate. “While the last Arctic summer was the warmest on record, we had a cold summer with a sea-ice maximum in the Antarctic. The expedition shall form the basis for understanding the opposing developments in the Arctic and in the Antarctic,“ Fahrbach said.
    In the frame of the GEOTRACES project the scientists found the smallest iron concentrations ever measured in the ocean. As iron is an essential trace element for algal growth, and algae assimilate CO2 from the air, the concentration of iron is an important parameter against the background of the discussion to what extent the oceans may act as a carbon sink.
    As the oceanic changes only become visible after several years and also differ spatially, the data achieved during the Polarstern expeditions are not sufficient to discern long-term developments. The data gap can only be closed with the aid of autonomous observing systems, moored at the seafloor or drifting freely, that provide oceanic data for several years. “As a contribution to the Southern Ocean Observation System we deployed, in international cooperation, 18 moored observing stations, and we recovered 20. With a total of 65 floating systems that can also collect data under the sea ice and are active for up to five years we constructed a unique and extensive measuring network,“ Fahrbach said.
    In order to get the public, and especially the young generation, interested in science and research and to sensitise them for environmental processes, two teachers were on board Polarstern. Both took an active part in research work and communicated their experiences to pupils, colleagues and the media via internet and telephone. “We will bring home many impressions from this expedition, and we will be able to provide a lively picture of the polar regions and their impact on the whole earth to the pupils,“ Charlotte Lohse, teacher at the Heisenberg-Gymnasium in Hamburg, and Stefan Theisen from the Free Waldorf School in Kiel said.
    The Polarstern expedition ANT-XXIV/3 was dedicated to examining the oceanic circulation and the oceanic cycles of materials that depend on it. Core themes were the projects CASO (Climate of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean) and GEOTRACES, two of the main projects in the Antarctic in the International Polar Year 2007/08. – Adapted from materials provided by Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.”

  • kenzrw wrote on 25 April, 2008, 23:16

    Look at this article about how cold the deep ocean has gotten surrounding the Antarctic, plus the record sea ice extend the past Antarctic summer:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080421111622.htm

  • jaja wrote on 22 September, 2008, 15:26

    Die tekst is voor Nederlandstalige mensen onverstaanbaar. Eerst Nederlands leren, dan pas Nederlands publiceren. Nederlandstalige woorden door elkaar smijten tussen een hoofdletter en een punt kan iedereen.

  • coolit wrote on 21 November, 2008, 1:54

    Two rules about going green. 1. Do not recycle used toilet paper. 2. No job is complete until the paperwork is done. Also since the sun does not cause global warming the new edict to paint your roof white must mean that white paint fights C02 caused global warming.

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