Oh, oh. It turns out that glaciers melted faster in the 1940s than now–because the sun was stronger. And when the sun got weaker, they advanced. What a concept! From an Investor’s Business Daily editorial:
Scientists at Zurich’s Federal Institute of Technology have found that solar activity caused Alpine glaciers to melt in the 1940s at rates faster than today’s pace, even though it’s warmer now. The study found that the sun in the 1940s was 8% stronger than average and far more powerful than it is today. It also concluded that solar activity was weaker from the 1950s to the 1980s, an era in which the glaciers advanced. The Swiss researchers are spinning their own work, saying that the evidence doesn’t mean the public can stop worrying about man-made warming. But their finding validates other researchers who have said solar activity has a far greater impact on temperatures than human CO2 emissions.
Exactly. And it explains how it was warm enough a thousand years ago or so for the Vikings to colonize Greenland, until that is, they were driven out by the Little Ice Age.
Before we tear down our economies, create an international scientocracy to make policy, backed by a permanent and unaccountable bureaucracy, maybe we need to take a deep breath–try not to exhale carbon dioxide–and re look at the science–with everyone allowed at the table, not just the in-crowd kids.
Oh, did you hear? Record cold in Calgary today, -32.c C. Not that it proves anything, but anytime there is an especially warm day, a lot is made of it from the other end. Live by the irrelevant anecdote, die by the irrelevant anecdote.