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Does variation in the sun’s output affect climate?

Climate Science Briefing Paper in Weather Journal

4 June 2020

Our 7th Climate Science Briefing Paper on Solar Variability has just been published in this month's Weather journal.

The Society's Climate Science Communication Group has produced a series of Climate Science Briefing Papers with the aim to clearly and concisely explain important aspects of climate science.

People arguing against human-caused climate change have often built their reasoning on the variability of the sun. However, whilst the sun has indeed affected our climate over millions of year, it is not the cause of recent global warming. This paper looks at the variation of the sun’s output, measurements of the sun’s variability and how regional and global climate are affected by it. 

Read the paper here.

Our former Climate Science Communications Specialist Caroline Coch, sat down with Adam Scaife, Head of Long-range forecasting at the Met Office and Professor at Exeter University, to discuss the paper last year. 

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