Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Can a lull in solar activity head off climate change?

It might help but don't expect it to last, scientists say - the sun isn't the real issue

CAMBRIDGE - Old Sol these days is showing a strikingly bland face, one nearly unmarred by the usual wild magnetic storms, whipsawing coronal loops, and fiery plasma ejections

"The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in almost 100 years," said Madhulika Guhathakurta, lead program scientist for NASA's Living With A Star program, whose focus is solar variability and its effects on the earth.

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