Friday, June 05, 2009

Not New But True

Usually it's the other side that rehashes news and calls it new just to keep the Tragedy of Climate in your face. Us anti-science global deniers did it this time, calling a study from a year ago "new". Still, it's info that should be in the mix. And you know it didn't get much play the first time around:

Some researchers believe that the solar cycle influences global climate changes. They attribute recent warming trends to cyclic variation. Skeptics, though, argue that there's little hard evidence of a solar hand in recent climate changes.

Now, a new research report from a surprising source may help to lay this skepticism to rest. A study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland looking at climate data over the past century has concluded that solar variation has made a significant impact on the Earth's climate. The report concludes that evidence for climate changes based on solar radiation can be traced back as far as the Industrial Revolution.