Writing in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, a journal of Britain’s de-facto academy of sciences, the team said that the Sun had been less active since 1985, even though global temperatures have continued to rise.

"Over the past 20 years, all the trends in the Sun that could have had an influence on the Earth’s climate have been in the opposite direction to that required to explain the observed rise in global mean temperatures," they write.

The study is co-authored by Mike Lockwood of Britain’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Claus Froehlich of the World Radiation Centre in Switzerland.

The overwhelming consensus among scientists is that human activity is to blame for the rise in global temperatures. In its latest report, issued this year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that this warming is already affecting the climate system.

Since 1900, the mean global atmospheric temperature has risen by 0.8 C (1.44 F), and the sea level by 10-20 centimetres (four to eight inches).

Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas, have risen by around a third since the Industrial Revolution and are now at their highest in 650,000 years. Eleven of the past 12 years rank among the dozen warmest years on record.

In the past few years, glaciers and snow and ice cover have fallen back sharply in alpine regions, the edges of the Greenland icesheet and on the Antarctic peninsula have shrunk, Arctic summer sea ice has thinned and retreated and Siberian and Canadian permafrost have shown signs of thaw and fallback.



3 thoughts on “SCEPTICS TAKE NOTE . . . .

  1. Such a pity people don\’t pay attention to the warnings. Now they wonder why we had such a warm April and such a cold wet summer. I suppose that at least some people are taking notice and are trying to do what they can, but I know that its not enough. Its quite sad really. Its all too little too late as they say, not enough done to change what is happening, and not at the right times! I\’m glad that some people are noticing though… Take Care… Maybe one day they will listen… but probably not :(!

  2. The guru of global warming, Mr. Al Gore, produces more CO2 in one month flying around the country and in his OWN home than I probably will the rest of my life.  Hearing about the recent \’Live Earth\’ Concerts to promote awareness of global warming, I had to wonder how much jet fuel, gasoline and electricity were used during these events.  As an \’average Jill\’,  I have a tendency to turn down the volume when I hear selfish, egotistical hypocrits who fly around the world in a jet, own enormous homes and gas guzzling vehicles, who don\’t practice as they preach, ask ME to sacrifice.   I wonder how many other \’average Joes and Jills\’ feel the way I do.   Global Warming needs a new PR firm here in the U.S. and ditch the celebrity spokespeople. 
    Supposedly Congress has passed some new laws raising mandatory gas milage standards.  Would be nice if nuclear energy got a shot in the arm too … take some lessons from the French.   *shrug*  This is me not holding my breath.

  3. Cindy you have been brainwashed by Thotman. Listen to the experts – not a failed politician or a blogger with a blind spot!  

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