At www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/6/global-warming-fanatics-take-note/ … the Chinese have kept detailed records of sun spots, it is claimed, and they noticed that more sun spots = warmer weather, it is alleged. William Herschel, the 18th/19th century astonomer, who lived in Slough for a time, famously noted that when there were fewer sun spots the price of wheat went up. In recent times, Eichard Muller, as an example of modern climate science, claimed solar activity did not drive global temperatures – but co2 did. As crazy as this might seem a lot of people accept this as a fact, or an important doctrinal belief. A new paper by the maligned Willie Soon and the heavily sceptic William Briggs is challenging the idea of co2 driven climate.
Over at Tall Bloke's Talk Shop at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/soon-and-briggs-in-wt-temperat… … little content but some interesting comments follow.