By Ron Meyer
If ClimateGate was bad for global warming alarmists, the latest CERN study "CLOUD" will send them even further into denial.
As a student, I always asked my science teachers if solar activity and other greenhouse gases beyond CO2 affected the climate change. I always wondered how professors and scientists could primarily blame CO2 for climate change, considering even their beloved IPCC classified it as a relatively weak greenhouse gas.
And, what about the sun?
The big ball of fire in the sky that keeps us warm and alive, according to my professors, had little to do with climate change. This study proves them unequivocally wrong. I thought the sun's role was obvious (maybe it’s because I easily get sunburned), but thanks to the scientists at CERN, common sense survives.
Check out what Lawrence Solomon had to say in the Financial Post:
The science is now all-but-settled on global warming, convincing new evidence demonstrates, but Al Gore, the IPCC and other global warming doomsayers won’t be celebrating. The new findings point to cosmic rays and the sun — not human activities — as the dominant controller of climate on Earth.
The research, published with little fanfare this week in the prestigious journal Nature, comes from über-prestigious CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, and that has now built a pristinely clean stainless steel chamber that precisely recreated the Earth’s atmosphere.
In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth.
Read the rest here: *Financial Post*