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Submission + - New research uncovers possible improvements in sol (sciencedaily.com)

burtosis 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?

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN