08 OCT 2010
By Jo Della-Ragione | Daily Express
THE sun’s impact on the climate on Earth may work in the opposite way to what has previously been believed, a study suggests.
Climate change sceptics last night seized on the results to suggest our understanding of global warming may have to be reconsidered.
Until now it has been assumed that when solar activity – like sunspots and dramatic solar flares – is in a reduced phase it leads to less warming of the Earth.
Climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton said last night: “You really have to look at a much bigger timescale, not just three years. But we know there’s a very close correlation between changes in temperature of the earth’s surface and solar activity.”
Lord Monckton added: “The conclusion this report comes to is consistent with the growing movement among solar physicists that the sun has a much greater effect on climate change than the straight-forward measurable changes in its output would lead us to suspect.”
UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom said: “This report further guides us to the logical conclusion that solar activity was responsible for the Minoan, Roman and Medieval warm periods and the little Ice Age, the fact that uninhabited planets in the solar system are warming and cooling cyclically and why there has been no global warming for 12 years, an unchallenged fact.
“Politicians and big business really must reappraise the rather unlikely scenario that climate change is due to man-made CO2 emissions.”
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