Scientists at the world’s leading physics lab announced last week that changes in global climate could largely be driven by solar activity and cosmic radiation. In response to these findings politicians, media outlets and scientists who rely on climate alarmism for grant funding immediately downplayed the results. The BBC even went so far as to completely misrepresent the findings to their viewers. This research represents nothing short of a game changer. Attempts by the climate change industry to crush the experiment and confuse the results serve only to prove this point and strengthen the opposition.
The “Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets” or CLOUD experiment was performed at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, the world’s foremost physics research entity. Thousands of scientists and universities work through CERN and CERN operates the Hadron particle collider and developed the World Wide Web. For the CLOUD experiment, Scientists at CERN essentially created a simulation of the Earth’s atmospheres in a sealed chamber and then bombarded the chamber with solar radiation in order to test how Earth’s atmosphere reacted. The results proved that cloud formation is driven by solar radiation and confirmed a hypothesis put forth by Danish Scientist, Henrik Svensmark.
Reaction from much of the establishment scientific and media community, many of whom have built careers around climate alarmism, was to downplay the results or dispute their significance. I find this interesting because for years politicians, the U.N. and researchers at some recently discredited organizations have been pushing the meme that the “science was settled” and we must act now to prevent a global catastrophe by spending billions re-ordering our economy and drastically shifting our lifestyles. Much of the “settled science” fell into dispute last year with revelations that the University of Pennsylvania in the United States and the University of East Anglia in Great Britain were skewing data in order to achieve results confirming their belief in anthropogenic (man caused) global warming, (AGW). Despite being based in fuzzy models and controversial measuring techniques AGW remains the dominate paradigm and politicians, corporations and scientists have built careers and fortunes around defending it.
I find it ironic that in responding to the CLOUD experiments, many of the same scientists who were happy to jump on the climate change gravy train suddenly remembered the healthy skepticism that used to be the hallmark of good science. In truth good science is never “settled”. Scientists should be skeptical. For every scientist attempting to prove a hypothesis, there should be another scientist seeking to disprove it or argue for another hypothesis. By definition a theory is not a law, theories can be tested, proven, disproven, falsified and there are anomalies for which a theory will always fail to account. According the Thomas Kuhn it is in the anomalies that real scientific advancement take place. The media and agenda oriented organizations will attempt to ignore or discredit this research, but they will fail. The paradigm is shifting and AGW will soon be relegated to the dustbin of history.