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Recent Chill could be Start of Longer Term Cooling, says Researcher
Lack of sunspots may be part of a bigger trend

By Mark Paquette of AccuWeather.com


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12 Sep 08 – Excerpt: I recently came across a research report written by Don J. Easterbrook, a Professor of Geology at Western Washington University that explains his theory of global cooling, which he says began in 2002.

Our more experienced readers may remember that in the 70's, there were many an article about global cooling and even an impending return to ice age conditions. So, an article on global cooling in this day and age, which may be seen as being more appropriate 30 years ago, piqued my interest.

Also interesting is his explanation why he has the earth cooling. There have been recent studies and observations of a lack of (or at least not as may) sunspots. Professor Easterbrook says that the recent lack of sunspot activity may be part of a bigger trend of lower sunspot activity ( possibly similiar to what happened in the Maunder Minimum from about 1600-1700 AD where there was almost a complete lack of sunspots altogether), and lower sunspot activity signifies a slight reduction in the amount of energy being put out by the sun, and thus received by the earth. This was at least part of the reason (if not the main reason) for the "Little Ice Age" that occurred from about 1300-1800 AD.

See entire article along with several graphs:
http://global-warming.accuweather.com/2008/09/recent_chill_be_the_start_of_l_1.html
Thanks to Tom Meyer and Marc Morano for this link


 



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