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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2014, 08:19 AM

38. Sunspot activity (or the lack thereof) is one possible factor.

It is possible that the Earth would be getting colder, based upon diminished sunspot activity (reminiscent of that which triggered the "little ice age" around the 1600s to 1700s), except that CO2 emissions are forestalling this to some extent. Of course this does not mean that we should continue merrily pumping CO2 into the atmosphere because then when the sunspot activity gets going again we will have serious problems.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24512-solar-activity-heads-for-lowest-low-in-four-centuries.html#.Usv_ArR0nHc

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