Asked in Global Warming
Why is global warming causing more drought?
July 12, 2009 8:01PM
The temperature of the planet is largely governed by the intensity of activity on the sun. When the sun is very active, solar wind increases, deflecting the cosmic rays that bombard the earth. Cosmic rays seed cloud formation, so fewer cosmic rays mean marginally fewer clouds over the planet and the earth very slowly warms up (the effect is buffered by the vast oceans of the planet). When the sun is quiescent (shown by the absence of sun spots), more cosmic rays reach the earth, cloud cover slowly increases and the earth slowly, slowly cools. The sun was very active until the end of the 1990s, and the temperature of the planet slowly increased. The sun is now quiescent (no sunspot activity at the moment) and so we are now in a period of global cooling, not warming. The notion that Manmade CO2 is the engine for global warming is erroneous. Those people who would like to learn more about this contentious issue may find the following links useful: http://www.middlebury.net/op-ed/global-warming-01.html http://sciencespeak.com/NoEvidence.pdf