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  •  Not so. One of the deniers' main claims is that... (13+ / 0-)

    ...climate change is always happening and is mostly a matter of variation in solar output and has little, if anything, to do with greenhouse gases emitted as a result of human behavior. That's Avakyan's stance, too. Here, from the article itself is the key line:

    The purpose of our research was to determine the role of the Sun's influence on the global warming of the surface air, already observable for more than 35 years. There is still no convincing evidence of anthropogenic impact on the current climate change.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:31:51 PM PST

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    •  One of their major attributes (3+ / 0-)

      Is that they readjust their claims and theories based on the needs of a particular audience or in response to specific rebuttals.  After all, facts are malleable things.

    •  Then to what does he attribute (0+ / 0-)
      "the significant decrease in the role of forests in carbon dioxide accumulation in the process of photosynthesis"?

      Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

      by Bob Love on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:37:28 PM PST

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    •  And Yet - (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      From NASA -

      Indeed, the sun could be on the threshold of a mini-Maunder event right now.  Ongoing Solar Cycle 24 is the weakest in more than 50 years.  Moreover, there is (controversial) evidence of a long-term weakening trend in the magnetic field strength of sunspots. Matt Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory predict that by the time Solar Cycle 25 arrives, magnetic fields on the sun will be so weak that few if any sunspots will be formed. Independent lines of research involving helioseismology and surface polar fields tend to support their conclusion.
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      Speaking of consensus -
      There is a growing consensus among solar researchers than Cycle 25 will be weak, as well.  Or weaker.  

      •  If so, that could account for the leveling off (0+ / 0-)

        (more or less) of the last decade or so. But that doesn't disprove the theory of CO2-induced warming, but just the opposite: the decrease in solar radiance (that e.g.  may have caused the Little Ice Age via Maunder Minimum) explains why the warming didn't keep on increasing at the same rate. When the Sun gets back to full activity, then we're really screwed.

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