Canberra Times 1994 : Sunspots Cause Global Warming – Not CO2

LONDON: Sunspots, rather than “greenhouse” gases from the burning of fossil fuels, may be responsible for the rise in global temperatures in the past 200 years, it was claimed on Wednesday.

Astronomers at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland have studied meteorological records going back to 1795, which point to a strong link between air temperatures on Earth and solar activity.

It is not the number of sunspots which affects the Earth’s climate, according to Dr Butler, but the length of the sunspot cycle. This averages about 11 years, but periods when the cycle becomes shorter correspond to greater solar activity and greater energy output.

Dr Butler pointed out that during the past 20 years, the solar cycle has been abnormally short (about 9.6 years) and the Earth’s weather abnormally warm. On the other hand, a period in the late 17th century known as “The Little Ice Age” when the Thames froze in winter, correspond ed with an abnormally long solar cycle, when sunspots virtually stopped for about 60 years.

08 Apr 1994 – Sunspots linked to global warming – Trove

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4 Responses to Canberra Times 1994 : Sunspots Cause Global Warming – Not CO2

  1. jaycee says:

    Happy Christmas and keep up the good work.

    We’re being told far too many lies by the Algorians.

  2. Andy DC says:

    Off with Dr. Butler’s head for insinuating that something other that deadly CO2 could ever affect the climate! According to alarmists, like Heidi Cullen, he should at least have to serve a prison sentence. Settled science at its finest!

  3. arn says:

    So the absolute monopolist of Heat on our planet and her anomalies
    being the main source of additional warming
    and not a tiny tiny increase of an irrellevant weak climate gas.

    Who would have thought that?
    Common Sense is really a thing of the past
    and the only thing we may blame co2 for is that it maybe destroy brain cells of certain people and make them corrupt.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Indeed I used Dr Butler’s data for my small HadCET model.
    Which shows ECS is about 0.7 C/doubling.
    Therefore CO2 is harmless: there isn’t enough carbon fuel to burn in the whole world to raise temperature 2 more degrees.

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