From the “We’ve been trying to tell you” department. The exact mechanism may be in dispute, but it defies reason to assert that that great big ball of flaming plasma in space has less influence on the Earth’s climate than the very questionable influence of human-introduced CO2. Very interesting article, well worth reading.

Watts Up With That?

Researchers have considered the possibility that the sun plays a role in global warming.

From NASA GSFC:  Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate

In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star.  While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our own sun varies a measly 0.1% over the course of the 11-year solar cycle.

There is, however, a dawning realization among researchers that even these apparently tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate. A new report issued by the National Research Council (NRC), “The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth’s Climate,” lays out some of the surprisingly complex ways that solar activity can make itself felt on our planet.

Sun-Climate (cycle, strip)
These six extreme UV images of the sun, taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, track the rising level of solar activity…

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