The Importance of Solar Cycles in Climate

While many scientists are concerned about the role of human activity in driving climate change, I think it is fair to say that scientists who study solar cycles agree that the sun plays a much more important role in determining climate. This refereed journal article by (Zarkhova, 2020) indicates that temperatures will drop by 1°C between 2020 and 2053 She concludes: “The reduction of a terrestrial temperature during the next 30 years can have important implications for different parts of the planet on growing vegetation, agriculture, food supplies, and heating needs in both Northern and Southern hemispheres. This global cooling during the upcoming grand solar minimum 1 (2020–2053) can offset for three decades any signs of global warming and would require inter-government efforts to tackle problems with heat and food supplies for the whole population of the Earth.”

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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