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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 24 Jun 2007 11:12:04 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

R. Timothy Patterson at The Financial Post - new research shows that incoming solar energy, the cause of the current climate warming, will go the other way around 2020, causing global cooling. That will be much more difficult to deal with than this short-term warm spell. [grabbe]

Solar scientists predict that, by 2020, the sun will be starting into its weakest Schwabe solar cycle of the past two centuries, likely leading to unusually cool conditions on Earth. Beginning to plan for adaptation to such a cool period, one which may continue well beyond one 11-year cycle, as did the Little Ice Age, should be a priority for governments. It is global cooling, not warming, that is the major climate threat to the world, especially Canada. As a country at the northern limit to agriculture in the world, it would take very little cooling to destroy much of our food crops, while a warming would only require that we adopt farming techniques practiced to the south of us.

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Thanks for the post of Dr. Patterson's piece

Submitted by Tom Harris on Mon, 25 Jun 2007 05:32:39 GMT

Thanks very much for promoting our Science Advisory Committee member Professor Patterson's article. I have followed his research for years, having visited his lab and even done some coring with him. I can assure you it is first class research that turned me from a Kyoto supporter into someone who now believes we should continue to work on controlling pollution better (CO2 is not pollution of course) and conserve energy but the idea that we can have a significant effect on global climate through fiddling with our CO2 emissions seems very far fetched indeed.

I invite you to hear more from the scientists we work with at the Natural Resources Stewardship Project by visiting , especially the news page.


Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (thermofluids)
Executive Director
Natural Resources Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2



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