By Warren Meyer
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But it is worth noting that in the 1970’s, when climate scientists and the press were in a panic over global cooling, the predicted results were… floods, famine, drought, pestilence, disease. The implication is that we currently happen to be balanced on the knife edge of exactly the optimum world temperature for mankind. Any change warmer or cooler results in net negative consequences. This, of course, seems an odd coincidence. Since man evolved into homo sapiens, he has experienced a wide range of cooler and warmer temperatures than we experience today.
Solar scientists strongly suspect there is a link between the two events - but the exact mechanism remains elusive.... But the most striking feature, he says, is that looking at the past 1,150 years the Sun has never been as active as it has been during the past 60 years. Over the past few hundred years, there has been a steady increase in the numbers of sunspots, a trend that has accelerated in the past century, just at the time when the Earth has been getting warmer. The data suggests that changing solar activity is influencing in some way the global climate causing the world to get warmer.
There are a couple of possible explanations for this inconsistency. One, of course, is that there is something other than CO2-driven AGW that is at least partially driving recent global temperature increases. We will cover several such possibilities in a later chapter on alternative theories. One theory that probably does not explain this differential is global dimming. If anything, global dimming should work the other way, cooling the ground vs. the troposphere. Also, since CO2 works globally but SO2 dims locally, one would expect more cooling effect in the northern vs.