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Could the Sun Be the Driver of Global Warming? by Duane Sharp
Saturday, January 29th 2011, 8:42 AM EST
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Many solar and space scientists believe cosmic rays entering the earth's atmosphere are regulated by the sun and are a dominant factor in global warming.

There's a new IPCC pitch on global warming and if the environmentalists ever catch on, it could be a game-changer.

In a move which will be mind-boggling for all those who thought the science of global warming had been decided, and that man-made contributions dwarfed all other sources, despite the disrepute into which the hockey stick et al have fallen, it will come as a surprise that the IPCC is investing the sun, in the belief that cosmic rays are a dominant factor in global warming.

The IPCC, that eminent climate-watcher and disseminator of information on the latest scientific findings on global warming, CO2 emissions, and climate change, will for the first time investigate 'in depth' the role of global cosmic rays in climate change, according to a report last week in the Hindustan Times.(Financial Post, "The IPCC is investigating the Sun as a driver of global warming," Lawrence Solomon, Jan. 25, 2011)


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How Cosmic Rays Influence Global Warming

Cosmic rays may broadly be divided into two categories, primary and secondary. Those that arise in extrasolar astrophysical sources are primary cosmic rays; these primary cosmic rays can interact with interstellar matter to create secondary cosmic rays. The sun also emits low energy cosmic rays associated with solar flares. The exact composition of primary cosmic rays, outside the earth's atmosphere is dependent on which part of the energy spectrum is observed. In general, almost 90 percent of all the incoming cosmic rays are protons, about 9 percent are helium nuclei and nearly 1 percent are electrons. The ratio of hydrogen to helium nuclei (28 percent helium by mass) is about the same as the primordial element substance ratio of these elements (24 percent helium by mass) in the universe.

The remaining fraction is made up of the other heavier nuclei which are abundant end products of stars' nuclear synthesis. Secondary cosmic rays consist of the other nuclei which are not abundant nuclear synthesis end products, or other products. These light nuclei appear in cosmic rays in much greater abundance than in solar atmospheres.

Breaking Up Cosmic Rays

This abundance difference is a result of the way secondary cosmic rays are formed. When the heavy nuclei components of cosmic rays, namely the carbon and oxygen nuclei, collide with interstellar matter, they break up into lighter nuclei. - lithium, beryllium and boron. In the past, it was believed that the cosmic ray flux has remained fairly constant over time. However, recent research has produced evidence for 1.5 to 2-fold millennium-timescale changes in the cosmic ray flux in the past forty thousand years.

As a result of the interaction of chemical substances in cosmic rays, there is a belief among many solar and space scientists that cosmic rays are a dominant factor in global warming. The turnaround in the IPCC position was announced by the chairman of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, in a communication with India’s Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh. U R Rao, former chairman of Indian Space Research Organization, made the announcement with the release of a paper that showed cosmic rays alone were responsible for 40 percent of global warming.

These findings by one of Pachauri’s most distinguished countrymen, rebutted IPCC claims that carbon dioxide and other man-made causes were responsible for more than 90 percent of global warming. Ramesh was the individual who commissioned Rao’s paper, which in 2009 had rebutted the IPCC’s claims that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035. In one of several embarrassing events, the IPCC was subsequently forced to retract its claims on the Himalayan glaciers, which then became a cousin of Climategate, known as 'Glaciergate.'

The IPCC View on the Irrelevance of the Sun's Cosmic Rays

Until now, the IPCC has argued that the sun is all-but-irrelevant to global warming, consistent with the IPCC’s own mandate, which dismisses the sun as a major factor worthy of investigation. Ramesh apparently would like to see Pauchari and the IPCC take off the blinkers and open their minds to dissenting scientists. ““There is a groupthink in climate science today,” the minister explained. “Anyone who raises alternative climate theories is immediately branded as a climate atheist in an atmosphere of climate evangelists.”(Solomon)

It was the Danish scientific community, specifically the Danish National Space Center, which was the first to demonstrate and prove the theory that cosmic rays, by seeding clouds, could regulate the earth’s climate. The Danes astounded the scientific world when they were able create clouds in a chamber on earth.
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