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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pass the Ice

I would gladly suffer through a mini-Ice Age if it proved them all wrong:
What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age.

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  1. Those Y2K shelters must getting awful crowded. Do they let you bring freeze dried food and gold?

    Thanks, Prof!

  2. Breaking news in the sense that the MSM is finally allowing it to be heralded. I've been following it for at least three years. The late Alan Sullivan (SeaBlogger) did his best to educate his rare readers.

    At least now it's nice to not be considered "nuts" when I tell my co-workers about solar minimums and sun-spot cycles and another Ice Age.

  3. While The Register is kinda sciency, for anyone really interested in the technicals I'd recommend Anthony Watts' Watts Up With That? blog for more on this issue.

  4. What a preposterous theory. The lone source of heat and light in the solar system as the virtually exclusive driving force in global weather? Try again you teabagger racists.

  5. Isn't this just another version of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW?

    While we're on the subject... We attended a local elementary school's band & chorus concert last night. The teacher is ambitious and loves her work, and the students did a fine job. BUT, every single song they sang was about global warming and saving the earth and recycling. The one song that wasn't sung was our national anthem. They played a taped recording of it and had a waving flag on the screen. Barely half of the people there even put their hand over their heart.

  6. Back when I commented actively (elsewhere) about the climate, I used to urge that the measures we adopt be reversible because our understanding of climate dynamics is so incomplete.

    Unfortunately, reversible policies and open minds are not in the DNA of Pork Barrel Man and Ideological Man.

  7. Well, if the press is finally getting around to printing headlines like "MAJOR DROP IN SOLAR ACTIVITY PREDICTED" I'd say it's time to bet on the Sun kicking into high gear again.