Science Trumps Junk Science

AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) just received another serious body blow. A recent discovery by CERN shows a common sense answer to climate change. NATURE!

CERN’s 8,000 scientists may not be able to find the hypothetical Higgs boson, but they have made an important contribution to climate physics, prompting climate models to be revised.

The first results from the lab’s CLOUD (“Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets”) experiment published in Nature today confirm that cosmic rays spur the formation of clouds through ion-induced nucleation. Current thinking posits that half of the Earth’s clouds are formed through nucleation. The paper is entitled Role of sulphuric acid, ammonia and galactic cosmic rays in atmospheric aerosol nucleation.

This has significant implications for climate science because water vapour and clouds play a large role in determining global temperatures. Tiny changes in overall cloud cover can result in relatively large temperature changes.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a politically sensitive topic, as it provides support for a “heliocentric” rather than “anthropogenic” approach to climate change: the sun plays a large role in modulating the quantity of cosmic rays reaching the upper atmosphere of the Earth.

Yes, the sun and cosmic rays affect the earth’s climate, not human beings. What a shock. It’s only obvious to anyone with an IQ above room temperature.

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  1. My advise is not to get overly excited over this. It wouldn’t be the first time that contradictory evidence has been rationalized away in the AGW community. Satellite data has shown a smaller warming trend than what the IPCC trumpets – and is subsequently routinely attacked as inaccurate to gain a few tenths of a degree for their graphs – the graphs that drive the research bucks and media machine. I guarantee that at this moment, dozens of climate modelers are working hard to think of ways to demonstrate this effect as “inconsequential”. In computer modeling it’s all about the boundary conditions – and tweeking them to get the “best” results.

  2. Quick thought:

    If AGW is not happening, there’s nothing anyone here can do to stop warming (due to naturally occurring phenomena that cannot be altered).

    If AGW is happening, there’s STILL nothing anyone here can do to stop it (due to the burgeoning industrialization in India and China, which accounts for roughly 1/3 of the world’s population, and, in the future, the world’s largest two emitters of CO2).

    Aren’t we just splitting hairs at this point?

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