Category Archives: solar variability

Sunspots and survival in Norway

Back in January, I expressed my doubt about Skjærvø et al (2015) who reported that children born during solar minima had a higher probability of surviving to adulthood, had higher fertility and higher lifetime reproductive success. Skjærvø et al (2015) argued that this was a … Continue reading

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Willie Soon at Heartland: “The sun is big”

Dr Willie Soon is in the news again. His recent paper with Monckton et al ended with the conflict of interest statement The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. A statement seeming at odds with his long … Continue reading

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Solar science Heartland style

[I wrote this some time back, but got distracted by Lord Monckton’s inability to use a scroll bar, and then lost momentum. Given Willie Soon’s return to media attention, I thought I should give his presentation a little loving, but … Continue reading

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Diatoms, running correlations and solar variability

Almost two years ago, I wrote a post about running correlations and their problems. It is still a well read post. I wish it was better read. It is not that running correlation cannot be be a useful tool. If a … Continue reading

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Have Lüdecke et al made a solar-cycle generator?

H.-J. Lüdecke, a member of a German climate skeptic group who had an interesting paper published in Climate of the Past last year has a paper in Climate of the Past Discussion awaiting peer review. As with the previous paper, it uses … Continue reading

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Strange spectral methods find solar signal in alkenes

Via the Club du Soleil, I’ve found another paper using spectral analyses to find a solar signal in palaeoecological data. Working on sediment from Lake Challa, a deep crater lake near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania that has been used in … Continue reading

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A “Robust Response of the East Asian Monsoon Rainband to Solar Variability”?

I’ve been searching for robust evidence of the influence of solar variability on Earth’s climate. Zhao & Wang (2014) promise it in a paper I found at the Club du Soleil. They are looking for a correlation between annual sunspot number and the … Continue reading

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