Tag Archives: Mike Lockwood

BBC – Real risk of a Maunder minimum ‘Little Ice Age’

From BBC’s Paul Hudson It’s known by climatologists as the ‘Little Ice Age’, a period in the 1600s when harsh winters across the UK and Europe were often severe. The severe cold went hand in hand with an exceptionally inactive … Continue reading

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Haigh Anxiety: a psycho-comedy of errors

Guest post by Alec Rawls In an interview with NewScientist magazine, Imperial College professor of atmospheric physics Joanna Haigh scoffs at the idea that late 20th century warming could have been caused by the sun: Haigh points out that the … Continue reading

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BBC: The Little Ice Age was all about solar UV variability… wasn’t an ice age at all

Mike Bromley writes in: BBC has the explanation for the European LIA… it wasn’t really an ice age at all.   See this strange quote.

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UV low during recent solar minimum

From the American Geophysical Union: Ultraviolet solar irradiance was low during recent solar minimum Solar irradiance, which varies with the 11-year solar cycle and on longer time scales, can affect temperature and winds in the atmosphere, influencing Earth’s climate. As … Continue reading

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Study: solar activity lull increases chances of cold UK winters

From the Institute of Physics More than 1 in 10 chance of colder UK winters As the Sun enters a period of low solar activity over the next 50 years, new research has calculated the probability of unusually cold winter … Continue reading

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“People underestimate the power of models. Observational evidence is not very useful.”

Guest post by Alec Rawls Andrew Orlowski at the UK Register has an anecdotal account of Downing College’s skeptics-vs-believers mash-up. Ace of Spades pulled the juiciest bit: In short, the day lined up Phil Jones, oceanographer Andrew Watson, and physicist … Continue reading

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Solar warming and ocean equilibrium, Part 3: Solanki and Schuessler respond

Guest post by Alec Rawls Solar physicist Sami Solanki and his colleagues at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research helped pioneer the use of cosmogenic isotopes from ice cores to create a proxy record for solar activity going … Continue reading

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Does solar activity have to KEEP going up to cause warming? Mike Lockwood responds

Guest post by Alec Rawls My first post on this subject remarked on the number of scientists who assert that late 20th century global warming cannot have been driven by the sun because solar activity was not trending upwards at … Continue reading

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Do solar scientists STILL think that recent warming is too large to explain by solar activity?

  Guest post by Alec Rawls Study of the sun-climate link was energized in 1991 by Friis-Christensen and Lassen, who showed a strong correlation between solar-cycle length and global temperature: This evidence that much of 20th century warming might be explained … Continue reading

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