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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review June 22, 2007 / 6 Tamuz, 5767

A coming cold day for a warm globe

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This just in from Chicken Little: It's a cloud, not the sky, that's about to fall. So button up your overcoat. Earth is about to cool off.

"It's global cooling, not warming, that is the major climate threat to the world," says Timothy Patterson, director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center at Carleton University in Canada. He sets out in Toronto's National Post a fascinating and wholly credible argument, backing up what many of his scientific colleagues regard as nothing less than blasphemy.

This goes against the received theology of the Worldwide Church of Science, of course, and Mr. Patterson is not likely to be invited to the tea parties of the archbishops presiding over the global-warming debate, which the archbishops insist is over. Only this week a group of six American scientists declared the Earth in "imminent peril" and scolded a United Nations panel on climate change for "grossly underestimating" how much the sea will rise over the next century.

In fact, to hear them tell it may already be too late to learn to swim. Greenpeace, the environmental advocacy group eager to paint the town green, released a study by a German academic that predicts global warming will create 200 million "climate refugees" by the end of this century's third decade. (When everybody drowns, women, minorities and the poor will suffer most.) The bad news is good news for Al Gore, who has another book in the works and his documentary movie, no longer playing at the Bijou, will no doubt soon go into DVD.

The globe is warming a little — nobody is arguing that it's not — and it's certainly getting noisier. It's difficult for a dissenter in the congregation to make himself heard over Chicken Little. Good ol' Al, who presides for now over the archbishops of the Worldwide Church of Science, insists that the debate is over. The prelates of the Roman church never argued with more certainty over the doctrine of papal infallibility. Al brooks no back talk.

What the global-warming fanatics won't cede is the fact that the Earth's climate has never been stable. "The only constant," argues Prof. Patterson, "is change; it changes continually and at times quite rapidly. Many times in the past temperatures were far higher than today, and occasionally temperatures were colder." As recently as six thousand years ago it was on average just under 2 degrees warmer than now. Ten thousand years ago ... temperatures rose as much as 4 degrees in a decade — 100 times faster than the past century's warming that has so upset environmentalists.

Prof. Patterson bases his skepticism that man is causing the globe to "run a fever" (as the greenies put it) on his study of storms on the sun, which play havoc with Earth's climate: "Hundreds of studies, using [data from studies of] tree rings in Russia's Kola Peninsula to water levels of the Nile, show exactly the same thing: The sun appears to drive climate change."

But how it does that is crucial. The measured variations of incoming solar energy are not sufficient to explain the rising temperatures observed by evangelist and dissenter alike. "There has to be an amplifier of some sort for the sun to be a primary driver of climate change." The amplifier is a protective solar wind, entering Earth's atmosphere from deep space, enhancing cloud formation which has a cooling effect on the globe. When the sun's "energy output" is greater, Earth warms slightly from direct solar heating, and the stronger solar winds generated during these "high sun" periods block the cosmic rays from deep space. Cloud cover decreases and Earth warms even more. That's what we're seeing (and feeling) now.

When the sun's tantrum subsides, more cosmic rays get through, the cloud cover thickens and the globe cools. Prof. Patterson — and a considerable number of his eminent fellows — conclude that it's the sun's "output" that has caused the most recent climate change. "Solar scientists," he says, "predict that by 2020 the sun will be starting into its weakest solar cycle of the past two centuries, likely leading to unusually cool conditions on Earth."

This is not fashionable to say. But maybe we should keep in place the machines that leave such a big "carbon footprint." Al can keep his barn-burner of a house and the rest of us can haul the SUVs out of storage. We'll need them to keep the Earth warm.

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