Danish Scientist Study says Sun's Shifts May Cause Global Warming
To summarize, Dr. Svensmark, a Danish astronomer, has theorized that not only do the sun's shifts cause global warming, but that clouds are directly affected and created with help from cosmic rays (energetic particles emitted from supernovae, black holes, etc. that are bombarding the planet all the time).
Here's the breakdown: While clouds are composed of water vapor, they need something else to hold themselves together. This is where cosmic rays come in. As the particles of the cosmic rays travel through our atmosphere they hit larger molecules, either of dust in the atmosphere or other materials floating above us, ionizing these molecules. Like how your computer screen attracts dust, the ionization cause by the particle's impact causes electromagnetic attraction between the dust molecules (now called ions) and water molecules, making them stick together. The water vapor thus condenses into clouds.
Now, what does this have to do with the sun and global warming? Simple. When the sun is more active, it produces more solar wind, sending out a larger volume of photons and other particles. These particles make it harder for cosmic rays to actually reach the Earth due to the billiard ball effect (the particles hit other particles before they hit the atmosphere). Fewer cosmic rays means less ionization in the atmosphere. Less ionization means fewer clouds. Fewer clouds means less solar energy is being reflected away from the planet. Less solar energy being deflected, means the planet becomes much warmer overall. Thus, global warming.
Keep in mind this is only a theory, but the experimentation data and math look solid (my dad, a mathematician, has done his own calculations and confirmed this for me), and truth be told the majority of the criticism towards Dr. Svensmark is not that his theory is bad science or that he overlooked something, but that his politics are wrong.
So, what do you guys think? Is Dr. Svensmark on the money? Or does his theory need more work? And if his theory is solid, why won't the UN take it seriously?
BTW, he's not funded by an oil company. In fact, he's received most of his funding from (of all things) a beer company, heh...