(BBC) New IPCC Report: Severity of Global Warming underestimated
(Image: Global Warming...It's the Sun, Stupid!)Strangely, global temperatures are cooling this year - wherever you are, you will have noticed the record cold winter! (I know, it's weather not climate, but still...) For now, La Nina (opposite of El Nino) ocean conditions are a cheap and easy excuse. But, solar activity is at a 300-year low, so give it a few years for it to sink in that the CO2 nuts are wrong. You know, when the previous decades' warming is undone.
And maybe I'll turn out to be wrong. If I am, I will happily set to work reducing my 'carbon footprint' and whining about the fossil fuels and how they're killing the polar bears (despite their population increasing in the last 50 years). But the Sun is immesurably more significant than micro-changes to the Earth's atmospheric composition, so I will put my money on the Sun being the driver of climate.
The unfortunate thing about all this is that the REAL environmental concerns, such as GM organisms, or the drugs making their way into water supplies, or other kinds of corporate pollution (ie non-'greenhouse gas'), are largely overlooked by environmentalists, in favour of this total red herring.