THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: New paper finds a significant increase of solar energy at Earth's surface from 1979-2011
A paper published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds a significant increase of solar energy reaching the Earth's surface over the period from 1979-2011. According to the authors, the observed global brightening "corresponds to an increase of 2.7 W m−2 of solar energy reaching the Earth's surface and an increase of 1.4% or 2.3 W m−2 absorbed by the surface, which is partially offset by increased longwave cooling [from 'greenhouse' gases] to space." By way of comparison, the alleged increase of radiative forcing from CO2 during the same time period is 0.8* W m-2, 70% less than the effect of global brightening. As noted by Dr. Roy Spencer, a 1-2% change in solar energy received at Earth's surface can alone account for global warming - or global cooling.Climate: The sun's role is important, but it's just a cameo | Carbon Brief
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