Yep. The results of the experiments are in and it is now official. Cosmic Rays affect clouds.
ScienceDaily (Oct. 6, 2009) — Billions of tonnes of water droplets vanish from the atmosphere in events that reveal in detail how the Sun and the stars control our everyday clouds. Researchers of the National Space Institute in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have traced the consequences of eruptions on the Sun that screen the Earth from some of the cosmic rays -- the energetic particles raining down on our planet from exploded stars.Interesting. There is now an official verified mechanism showing a connection between cloud cover and cosmic rays. Why is this important? As the solar magnetic field weakens (and it is weakening) we get more high energy cosmic rays on earth. More rays more clouds. More clouds. Cooler climate. i.e. CO2 will be going up (got to keep warm) and temperatures will be going down.
"The Sun makes fantastic natural experiments that allow us to test our ideas about its effects on the climate," says Prof. Henrik Svensmark, lead author of a report newly published in Geophysical Research Letters. When solar explosions interfere with the cosmic rays there is a temporary shortage of small aerosols, chemical specks in the air that normally grow until water vapour can condense on them, so seeding the liquid water droplets of low-level clouds. Because of the shortage, clouds over the ocean can lose as much as 7 per cent of their liquid water within seven or eight days of the cosmic-ray minimum.
"A link between the Sun, cosmic rays, aerosols, and liquid-water clouds appears to exist on a global scale," the report concludes. This research, to which Torsten Bondo and Jacob Svensmark contributed, validates 13 years of discoveries that point to a key role for cosmic rays in climate change. In particular, it connects observable variations in the world's cloudiness to laboratory experiments in Copenhagen showing how cosmic rays help to make the all-important aerosols.
Well some Russians had a few things to say on the subject before Svensmark finalized his data. In fact they said it over two years ago.
Rising levels of carbon dioxide and other gases emitted through human activities, believed by scientists to trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere, are an effect rather than the cause of global warming, a prominent Russian scientist said Monday.Well fortunately the Brits are way ahead in all this. They have a plan to destroy their economy to prevent dangerous releases of harmless industrial CO2.
Habibullo Abdusamatov, head of the space research laboratory at the St. Petersburg-based Pulkovo Observatory, said global warming stems from an increase in the sun's activity. His view contradicts the international scientific consensus that climate change is attributable to the emission of greenhouse gases generated by industrial activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
"Global warming results not from the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but from an unusually high level of solar radiation and a lengthy - almost throughout the last century - growth in its intensity," Abdusamatov told RIA Novosti in an interview.
"It is no secret that when they go up, temperatures in the world's oceans trigger the emission of large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. So the common view that man's industrial activity is a deciding factor in global warming has emerged from a misinterpretation of cause and effect relations."
At the moment the UK is committed to cutting greenhouse gases by a third by 2020.The old bait and switch. The only way to get a 70% reduction in CO2 in ten years is a deep depression. Very deep. It is not just no new autos and airports. Existing transportation equipment will need to be destroyed. Plus almost all the coal fired electrical generating plants in the UK will need to be shut down. Probably natural gas fired plants as well. Fur da grater God duvall.
However a new report from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research said these targets are inadequate to keep global warming below two degrees C above pre-industrial levels.
The report says the only way to avoid going beyond the dangerous tipping point is to double the target to 70 per cent by 2020.
This would mean reducing the size of the economy through a "planned recession".
Kevin Anderson, director of the research body, said the building of new airports, petrol cars and dirty coal-fired power stations will have to be halted in the UK until new technology provides an alternative to burning fossil fuels.
And ya know? There has been a curious lack of sun spots lately. Well not to worry. With the current geniuses in charge what could possibly go wrong that they haven't anticipated and planned for?
Cross Posted at Classical Values