I have just finished reading what for me is the most thought provoking book I have ever read. I was totally unaware until I read The Chilling Stars by Nigel Calder and Henrik Svensmark that not only does the earth move round the sun, but that the sun moves round the Milky Way Galaxy that we live in. The discoveries of Cosmoclimatology turn the accepted theory about climate change on its head. It challenges the prevailing views about climate change held by our party and offers real scientific evidence that there are much larger drivers of climate change than just increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The research, going back many years does not seek to deny that carbon dioxide is a factor in climate change, nor indeed does it suggest in any way that we should not be pursuing our green strategies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. What is does do is to place the issue of climate change in a very much wider context and to follow changes in climate back to the creation of the planet Earth and its sun and to show that there have always been extended periods of warming and cooling of the planet varying between what they characterise as ‘Snowball Earth’, when the entire planet was covered in ice and lengthy periods when there was no ice at all.
Lib Dem Voice readers may well have seen a recent Channel 4 investigation into climate change – The Great Climate Change Swindle – where one of the authors of The Chilling Stars, Nigel Calder – a former editor of New Scientist – outlined many of the theories.
So what is it that Svensmark in particular has revealed about climate change? The extensive scientific research carried out in a wide range of locations by many hundreds of scientists in the last 30-50 years focuses on the influence of the sun, its magnetic field, the Earth’s magnetic field, solar winds and cosmic rays. It shows clearly that certain types of cosmic rays, known as muons, are major drivers in the creation of low level clouds. Put simply, when cosmic rays are very active, more low level cloud is formed and the planet cools. Conversely, when cosmic ray activity is low, there is less low level cloud and the planet warms. To find out exactly why this is so, you’ll have to read the book. Expect to feel your head spin if you haven’t read this sort of stuff before!
The research shows clearly that ice ages, including the mini ice age that ended some 300 or so years ago, coincided with periods of high cosmic ray activity and that right now we are going through a period of low cosmic ray activity with consequent rises in climate temperature. The authors argue that although carbon dioxide may well be a factor in climate change, its effects are likely to be far less drastic than forecast so far and in any event will be completely overshadowed by other factors especially cosmic rays.
If Cosmoclimatology is correct then we Liberal Democrats need to take it on board in our climate change policies. I look forward to interesting debates!
* Dr Michael Taylor has been a party member since 1964 and is currently active in Calderdale Local Party as Treasurer and as Todmorden Organiser.