By Adrian Duyzer
Published July 11, 2007
In March I wrote Anti-Science: The National Post on Climate Change, in which I criticized the National Post for "shoddily researched agenda-pushing in the guise of journalism" on the climate change issue.
Both columnists have contributed articles to a National Post series called Climate Change: The Deniers, a series on "scientists who buck the conventional wisdom on climate science".
According to a new report, both of them are wrong. The BBC reports today that there is 'No Sun link' to climate change:
A new scientific study concludes that changes in the Sun's output cannot be causing modern-day climate change.
It shows that for the last 20 years, the Sun's output has declined, yet temperatures on Earth have risen. [Emphasis added]
It also shows that modern temperatures are not determined by the Sun's effect on cosmic rays, as has been claimed.
Writing in the Royal Society's journal Proceedings A, the researchers say cosmic rays may have affected climate in the past, but not the present.
"This should settle the debate," said Mike Lockwood, from the UK's Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, who carried out the new analysis together with Claus Froehlich from the World Radiation Center in Switzerland.
At the end of Gunter's Bright sun, warm Earth. Coincidence? article, he looks ahead:
Here's a prediction: The sun's current active phase is expected to wane in 20 to 40 years, at which time the planet will begin cooling. Since that is when most of the greenhouse emission reductions proposed by the UN and others are slated to come into full effect, the "greens" will see that cooling and claim, "See, we warned you and made you take action, and look, we saved the planet."
Now that researchers have found that the sun's output has actually been waning since 1985, Gunter's prediction has been proven wrong far sooner than he ever expected.
Which leads me to make a prediction of my own: the next article in the National Post's The Deniers series will not be a retraction by Lorne Gunter, or an apology for leading the Post's readers astray on this vitally important subject.
I hope I'm wrong.
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