Spotless

by McQ | September 2, 2008 10:19 am

Not Obama’s campaign manufactured resume, but Old Sol[1]:

The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.

The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots — is an influencing factor for climate on earth.

Yes, friends, it seems that scientists are again convinced that the big old yellow hot thing that hangs in the sky everyday has a very important role in earth’s climate.

And what has history told us about such events?

In the past 1000 years, three previous such events — the Dalton, Maunder, and Spörer Minimums, have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called a “mini ice age”. For a society dependent on agriculture, cold is more damaging than heat. The growing season shortens, yields drop, and the occurrence of crop-destroying frosts increases.

But, you know, “global warming” is the “greatest crisis the world has ever faced”.

[Crossposted at QandO][2]

Endnotes:
  1. but Old Sol: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=12823
  2. QandO]: http://www.qando.net/

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