Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Solar sunspots may not come back: what does that mean for climate change?

Stuart Clark, of New Scientist, has an important story on the “Health & Science” page of the Washington Post on Tuesday June 22, “Why is the Sun losing its spots? Scientists wonder if they’re seeing a calm before the storm of energy, or is it something new?” The link is here.

A real explosion of sun spots and solar storms could cause severe electromagnetic disturbances on Earth, especially to satellites, maybe even to electronics on the ground, like a mini EMP. There was an outburst in October 2003, on the same day that the WB’s “Smallville” aired an episode based on a solar flare (the prescience has to be coincidental).

However this time the sunspot cycle is not rebuilding back. There is some notion that this could relate to the colder winder in northern Europe last winter (as well as the US mid-Atlantic). Could lower levels of sunspots in the future let mankind off the hook in the global warming debate? That might delight the editoria at The Washington Times, but it sounds unlikely. As Al Gore says, nature doesn’t give out bailouts.

The hype on YouTube doesn’t agree that there is a lull, and that the Sun’s measles will come back with vengeance by 2011.

One other true thing: The Summer solstice happened yesterday. It’s all downhill now. For men, their biological solstice occurs at about age 25. Then it’s downhill racer.

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