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+ - New research uncovers possible improvements in sol->

Submitted by burtosis
burtosis (1124179) writes "Challenging conventional wisdom, new research finds that the number of sunspots provides an incomplete measure of changes in the Sun's impact on Earth over the course of the 11-year solar cycle. The study, led by scientists at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Michigan, finds that Earth was bombarded last year with high levels of solar energy at a time when the Sun was in an unusually quiet phase and sunspots had virtually disappeared. New analysis of climate change models suggests that while there is a strong scientific consensus that there is a man made environmental problem, are we spending enough money on research in order to justify efficiently funding efforts to ameliorate the problem? How do we deal with a serious problem over decades to centuries when our scientific consensus changes on a decades to yearly timeframe and how does that influence public support necessary for change?"
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+ - World's climate could cool first then warm later

Submitted by burtosis
burtosis (1124179) writes "According to this article Forecasts of climate change are about to go seriously out of kilter. One of the world's top climate modellers said Thursday we could be about to enter one or even two decades during which temperatures cool. "People will say this is global warming disappearing," he told more than 1500 of the world's top climate scientists gathering in Geneva at the UN's World Climate Conference. It makes one wonder if we, as a global society, really are spending enough money on global warming research to justify the efficient expenditure of resources and garner of support necessary to ameliorate the problem."

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