‘Sun not responsible for climate change’July 11, 2007 at 9:13 am | Posted in Climate change, Fröhlich, Global warming, Lockwood, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Switzerland, UK, World Radiation Center | Leave a comment
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
The strongest evidence to date that the sun is not responsible for recent global warming has been set out by scientists.
The new study by Prof Michael Lockwood of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxfordshire, and Claus Fröhlich of the World Radiation Center in Davos, Switzerland, overturns claims by climate sceptics who say that the planet’s climate has long fluctuated and that current warming is just part of that natural cycle – the result of variation in the sun’s output and not greenhouse gas emissions. Their study appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.
The sun is not responsible for global warming
A new study further enforces the view that the sun is not responsible for recent climate change
The study found that global warming since 1985 has been caused neither by an increase in solar radiation nor by a decrease in the flux of galactic cosmic rays.
Some researchers had also suggested that the latter might influence global warming because the rays trigger cloud formation.
Prof Lockwood said that the comprehensive study was a response to misleading media reports. He cited ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’, a television programme shown in March by Channel 4, as a prime example.
“All the graphs they showed stopped in about 1980, and I knew why, because things diverged afterwards. You can’t just ignore bits of data that you don’t like,” he said. “The key point of our paper is that since 1985 all the possible solar influences have been in the wrong direction to give warming,” said Prof Lockwood.
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