Is Global Warming on the Wane?

From the 2009 Old Farmer's Almanac

By Joseph D'Aleo
September 14, 2009

Some scientists believe that an extreme cooling episode, potentially a mini-ice age, is imminent. Others think that it may already be under way.

Over the past century, climatic conditions have run from cool in the 1900s to warm in the ’30s to cool in the ’60s to warm in the ’80s (scroll the time line above), and many of us have come to believe that mankind has been responsible for the swings. Scientists have blamed us for generating warming greenhouse gases, then polluting the air with sun-blocking particulates, and raising temperatures through urbanization, deforestation, and greenhouse gases.

There is another possible explanation for—or, at least, influence on—climate change. This involves natural factors, most notably the Sun and Earth’s oceans. We at the Almanac are among those who believe that sunspot cycles and their effects on oceans correlate with climate changes. Studying these and other factors suggests that a cold, not warm, climate may be in our future.

Read more:

How Solar Goes Polar
How Oceans Chill the Air
The Case for a Cool Climate







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The sunspot reduction is

The sunspot reduction is definitely a clue, but incoming solar debris from the Crab supernova is the cause of the coming Ice Age. The number of sunspots reduce because the atomic sized particles scatter the solar light and small sunspots that are there become invisible due to the scattering.

Al Gore and his disciples

Al Gore and his disciples said in 2007 that the polar ice caps would be gone in 5 years. That was 2012. I have never heard anyone deny climate change. We just deny that what we learned about solar cycles, Milonkovitch cycles, eccentric orbits, etc., etc. are no longer true. Sometimes there is warming on Mars, did my Sears lawn mower cause that?

In my opinion no one is to

In my opinion no one is to blame, it is a natural event in the earth and everything we do may influence the world but in such a small way as to a red dye food coloring dropped in normal water is not going to change the whole pool. Its in the pattern, it gets hot, then gets cold, and has words like gobal warming, gobal cooling, and I am even going to tie in Ice age and droughts.

I have come to the conclusion

I have come to the conclusion that we all have a little blame global warming and its consequences and guilt even more politicians who do not slow down.