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The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change Paperback – March 19, 2003
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Svensmark's theory is that cosmic rays which originate from collapsing stars (novas) are the primary cause of cloud formation, in particular the formation of low level clouds, those 3,000 meters above the ground and lower. Muons, basically very dense electrons, which are among the few cosmic particles to survive the solar winds and contact with the earth's atmosphere to sufficiently interact with with atoms near the surface, liberate electrons in the atomosphere which in turn join with molecules that form stable clusters. These clusters attract a small amount of sulpheric acid and then water molecules to ultimately generate water droplets, the basis of cloud cover. But how exactly does cloud cover affect climate? Most climate models simply see clouds as a byproduct of climate changes, but as Svensmark and Calder demonstrate, clouds themselves are the predominant factor in global cooling.Read more ›
I was more than amply rewarded as Mr. Calder's excellent writing takes a complicated subject and patiently explains its most prominent features. After reading his chapter, "Adventures of the cosmic rays," I felt much better informed on this crucial topic. Later he moves through a wealth of observations, interdisciplinary discoveries, and innumerable research studies tying them to temperature effects. Our sun and the Milky Way galaxy have a major impact through cosmic rays on our planet's temperature.
Research papers necessarily focus on a specific experiment or data gathering exercise, so this survey book is essential to fit Svensmark's research into the broader picture. It surprised and delighted me by the tremendous variety of interrelationships that have been discovered. These all relate to the effect cosmic rays have on the formation of clouds in the earth's lower troposphere. An interesting outgrowth is that long term temperature measurements on earth have suggested something so esoteric as revisions to our sun's path through the galaxy.
We have known for a couple of centuries that there seemed to be some correlation between wheat prices (a proxy for temperature variation) and sunspots. Prominent researchers in the last 2 decades have suggested further study after observing that temperature history tracks sunspots better than greenhouse gases.
Others note the rather small anthropogenic contribution to the growth of greenhouse gases.Read more ›
The book effectively refutes Al Gore and the proponents of anthropogenic global warming alarmism.
If this were not enough the authors also describe other reasons for a large quantity of cosmic rays greatly lowering temperatures on earth millions of years ago. These include bursts of star formation and the solar system passing through the milky way galaxy central plane in its rotation around the galaxy center. This book stands by itself as an incredibly real education.
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Quite interesting theory from Svensmark. Since this writing, the initial data from CERN lends credence to his hypothesis.Published 4 months ago by Dan Harman
One of those inconvenient realities - a good example of one of the climate drivers completely external to the Earth's atmosphere, as are most of them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Potluck Queen
No relevant data was presented to support the hipothesis.Published 15 months ago by Adriana Moellmann
One of those inconvenient realities - a good example of one of the climate drivers completely external to the Earth's atmosphere, as are most of them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Bischoff
In the late 1960s in lived in the Washing DC area and had the time to spend many evenings at the Smithsonian Institution which was open in the summer until 9 PM. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Hill Country Bob
This is one of the best books I've read in years. Eye opening, insightful and brilliant. The notion that we are connected in such an intimate way to the universe and distant... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by art
Just finished this book. If you're interested in a different and (at least seemingly) objective look at facts (science), you wont be disappointed.Published on August 22, 2013 by Mike
Could not believe the condition and price of one cent. Reading on both sides of the global warming subject to make up my mind. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Robert J.
First off, anyone who thinks global warming is not occurring needs to get a clue. The scientific community is NOT debating whether it's occurring or not. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by John Public