Originally Posted by Ziggy
Wouldn't it be ironic if man made global warming saved us? : ) (No, I am NOT a science denier)....
The message is that the Sun does not put out a constant level of energy.
The Maunder Minimum mentioned was a period when the Sun had reduced output around the middle of the last century (1600) and the Earth became dramatically colder. The indicator, noticed by Maunder, was reduced sunspot activity. We have been in a period of reduced activity.
On the other hand when temperatures were climbing in the '90s we had an extremely active level of sun activity as witnessed by numerous sunspots.
Though some blame man, these changes in Sunspot cycles began long before we burned fossil fuels and will continue long after.
By Cathy P. "I have been telling my husband that I think the sun is burning out kind of like an electrical
appliance that you know is nearing the end of its life. Kind of scary so I decided not to give it much thought. I observe nature a lot and their are messages there."
The Sun is like everything else getting older but should well outlast us, maybe even outlast mankind. When global warming became big news I already knew that the world had experienced global warming, bigger than what we're experiencing, around the year 1000 when the Vikings farmed in Greenland and the UK was a wine producing region. Neither Greenland farming or the growing of grapes in the UK are presently in the cards.
We don't understand the process though there are a lot of ideas. Many people simply say it's the Sun... as the UK MET suggests. They are not the first to suggest this, the media hypes an increase of a few tenth's of a degree, but the reality is it hasn't got warmer for 18 years as measured by satellites.
The climate alternates regularly between hot and cold (ice ages) and has for a very longtime.
Have faith things will be OK. According to the pundits the Arctic was supposed to be completely flooded years ago as well the West Side Highway in NY was supposed to already be under water.
My thought is cold means a possibility of another bad winter and that effects camping... I may need thermopane windows
in my Scamp