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Cosmic Rays Linked to Global Warming
LiveScience ^ | 23 October 2006 | Sara Goudarzi

Posted on 10/24/2006 7:42:17 PM PDT by Freeport

Earth's recent warming trend might in part be due to a lack of starlight reaching our planet, a new study suggests. But other scientists are not so sure.

According to a theory proposed a decade ago, when a star explodes far away in the Milky Way, cosmic rays—high-speed atomic particles—go through the Earth’s atmosphere and produce ions and free electrons.

The released electrons act as catalysts and accelerate the formation of small clusters of sulfuric acid and water molecules, the building blocks of clouds. Therefore, cosmic rays would increase cloud cover on Earth, reflecting sunlight and keeping the planet relatively cool.

However, because the Sun’s magnetic field—which shields the Earth from these rays—doubled in intensity during the last century, there has been a reduction in cloudiness, a possible contributor to Earth’s warming.

Scientists at the Danish National Space Center mimicked chemistry of the lower atmosphere in a large reaction chamber. They created a mixture that contained gasses at realistic concentrations and used an ultraviolet lamp to act as the Sun.

Microscopic droplets, precursor to clouds, started floating in the air of the reaction chamber.

“We were amazed by the speed and efficiency with which the electrons do their work of creating the building blocks for the cloud condensation nuclei,” said team leader Henrik Svensmark, Director of the Center for Sun-Climate Research at the Danish National Space Center. “This is a completely new result within climate science.”

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cosmicrays; globalwarming
Won't see this information in MSM...
1 posted on 10/24/2006 7:42:18 PM PDT by Freeport
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To: Freeport
increase cloud cover on Earth, reflecting sunlight and keeping the planet relatively cool.

This explains the frigid temperatures on Venus. Lots of cloud cover, big greenhouse effect = plummeting temperatures. Is this new theory?

2 posted on 10/24/2006 7:44:44 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Freeport
Don't worry the moles and poseurs will be along with their twisted "man is at fault" nonsense.
3 posted on 10/24/2006 7:45:10 PM PDT by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: Freeport
Don't worry the moles and poseurs will be along with their twisted "man is at fault" nonsense.
4 posted on 10/24/2006 7:45:26 PM PDT by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: Freeport
Don't worry the moles and poseurs will be along with their twisted "man is at fault" nonsense.
5 posted on 10/24/2006 7:45:26 PM PDT by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: Freeport

Yes, the doubling of the Sun's magnetic field strength is miniscule compared to the power of SUVs ~ MSM simply won't talk about it.


6 posted on 10/24/2006 7:45:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Freeport

Yes, the doubling of the Sun's magnetic field strength is miniscule compared to the power of SUVs ~ MSM simply won't talk about it.


7 posted on 10/24/2006 7:45:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Freeport

That would be Karl's death rays from the planet Zog. Heating up the earth to make buttloads of money in the refrigeration industry. To sell vast quantities of air conditioners.


8 posted on 10/24/2006 7:45:54 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Check the cloud types....


9 posted on 10/24/2006 7:46:22 PM PDT by Freeport
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To: samm1148
Don't worry the moles and poseurs will be along with their twisted "man is at fault" nonsense.

Proabaly more than once. 8^)

10 posted on 10/24/2006 7:46:39 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Freeport

cosmic rays aren't "rays".


11 posted on 10/24/2006 7:46:56 PM PDT by Flightdeck
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To: facedown

However, they can probably spell.


12 posted on 10/24/2006 7:47:27 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Freeport

Cosmic Rays Linked to Global Warming... and George Bush linked to cosmic rays.


13 posted on 10/24/2006 7:47:47 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Freeport
Cosmic Rays Linked to Global Warming

This is a total duh!

14 posted on 10/24/2006 7:47:57 PM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Freeport

Cosmic rays also play a role in lightning formation (just how that affects the ecology I wouldn't guess).


15 posted on 10/24/2006 7:50:13 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Toby06

But, but, but … I thought it was all Bush’s fault!


16 posted on 10/24/2006 7:50:43 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Freeport

Bush's fault.


17 posted on 10/24/2006 7:50:53 PM PDT by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: samm1148

If a force of cosmic nature causes "global warming" then the grant money stops flowing and they can't use it to foster a technophobic agenda.


18 posted on 10/24/2006 7:51:03 PM PDT by AmishDude (Mwahahahahahahahaha -- official evil laugh of the North American Union)
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To: Freeport
However, because the Sun’s magnetic field—which shields the Earth from these rays—doubled in intensity during the last century

Clearly this is Bush's fault. Clinton tried to stop the increase in the Sun's magnetic field. He tried, and he failed, but at least he tried!

19 posted on 10/24/2006 7:52:05 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: AmishDude

STOP PLATE TECTONICS!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 10/24/2006 7:52:35 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: shankbear

NO BLOOD FOR FREON!


21 posted on 10/24/2006 7:53:20 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: AmishDude
Yep and they would have to get jobs consummate with their scientific acumen: Okay then they can dust off their McDonald's uniforms.
22 posted on 10/24/2006 7:54:09 PM PDT by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: doc1019

No man, it's a Rovian plot to make noon hotter than midnight.


23 posted on 10/24/2006 7:56:16 PM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Toby06

LOL!


24 posted on 10/24/2006 7:57:21 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Stultis

Hey, aren't we already saving the gay baby whaels by switching to R134a?


25 posted on 10/24/2006 7:58:14 PM PDT by Toby06 (Diesel smoke makes me horny.)
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To: Freeport

How inconvenient for the Algore.


26 posted on 10/24/2006 8:10:04 PM PDT by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Freeport

27 posted on 10/24/2006 8:15:24 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Freeport

Maybe we could help the situation out by allowing a little more sulphur in jet fuel.


28 posted on 10/24/2006 8:55:30 PM PDT by Mike Darancette ( Europe will either become Christian again or become Muslim. Not the "culture of nothing".)
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To: samm1148

I hope you realize that if Man Made Global Warming goes away, the UFO's will be back in force. The Kooks at UFOOL are mostly occupied with MMGW at the moment.


29 posted on 10/24/2006 8:59:59 PM PDT by rock58seg (The primaries are over. Hold you your nose if necessary, but ....VOTE!...)
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To: Freeport
I have an alternate theory.


30 posted on 10/24/2006 9:02:06 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: rock58seg

Better put on the tin foil hat !!!


31 posted on 10/24/2006 9:02:16 PM PDT by rodomila
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Better put on the tin foil hat !!!

Why? Most of the proponents of Man Made Global Warming probably also believe in UFO's and also suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome.

If all the real UFO's went away today, there would still be as many sightings tomorrow.

32 posted on 10/24/2006 9:38:41 PM PDT by rock58seg (The primaries are over. Hold you your nose if necessary, but ....VOTE!...)
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To: Freeport

Can someone please shoot the BORE off into the Milky Way to confirm this?


33 posted on 10/24/2006 10:23:38 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: rodomila
You may want to review this first.
34 posted on 10/24/2006 10:40:24 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: Freeport
Earth's recent warming trend might in part be due to a lack of starlight reaching our planet, a new study suggests.

Interesting new science here, but I really do not understand why writers extrapolate one area of the electromagnetic spectrum and apply it to the entire spectrum. It is 'due to a lack of Cosmic Ray starlight' not 'due to a lack of starlight'. Infrared starlight can only warm the planet and that warming will always increase with increased infrared starlight. This new theory is actually stating that increased Cosmic Ray starlight will increase the cloud cover of the planet. Increased cloud cover will increase the amount of Visible starlight that is reflected. Visible starlight that is not reflected generally warms the planet when it gets absorbed by surface structure or the worlds oceans. You could conceivably have a situation where there is less Cosmic Ray starlight but more infrared starlight. That would mean serious warming since infrared is primarily absorbed by the planets oceans or clouds. Less clouds due to less cosmic rays would mean more Visible starlight absorption. Clearly there are numerous astrophysical factors involved here and we apes are far from understanding much of anything at our present time. Best to not interfere because chances are we would only muck it up at present. IMHO.

35 posted on 10/24/2006 10:53:41 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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Hey, aren't we already saving the gay baby whaels by switching to R134a?

Uh-ohhhh...I think I misread the memo.

I was using RU-486.

36 posted on 10/24/2006 11:28:06 PM PDT by Erasmus (I invited Benoit Mandelbrot to the Shoreline Grill, but he never got there.)
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To: Freeport

Oh no, we can't have any evidence, even by reputable scientists, that would suggest anything other than large quantities of CO2 are responsible for the alleged global warming. (smirk)


37 posted on 10/25/2006 5:52:46 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: shankbear

That was a ridiculous response. We all know (adjusts tin-foil beanie) that Rove has been too busy fixing the Diebold machines rather than doing death ray machines. That comes after the election. Planet Zog, bah! (smirk)


38 posted on 10/25/2006 5:55:35 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Axhandle; Enterprise

Outstanding! ROTFLOL!


39 posted on 10/25/2006 6:02:16 AM PDT by MelonFarmerJ (Proudly voting Republican/conservative in every election since 1964)
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