The Worsening Cosmic Ray Situation

Cosmic rays are bad–and they’re getting worse. That’s the conclusion of a new paper just published in the research journal Space Weather. The authors, led by Prof. Nathan Schwadron of the University of New Hampshire, show that radiation from deep space is dangerous and intensifying faster than previously predicted.

Full Article is here.

How does this affect us? Cosmic rays penetrate commercial airlines, dosing passengers and flight crews so much that pilots are classified by the International Commission on Radiological Protection as occupational radiation workers. Some research shows that cosmic rays can seed clouds and trigger lightning, potentially altering weather and climate. Furthermore, there are studies […] linking cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias in the general population.

Cosmic rays will intensify even more in the years ahead as the sun plunges toward what may be the deepest Solar Minimum in more than a century. Stay tuned for updates.

If cosmic rays increase cloud cover, this could be how the cooling takes place during grand minimums. We are going to have an opportunity to observe one. Your thoughts?

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3 thoughts on “The Worsening Cosmic Ray Situation

  1. canuck57 March 5, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I don’t think there is any doubt that cosmic rays cause increased clouds (as per Henrik Svensmark), and that clouds can cause an accumulative cooling effect. However, I think one reason is just too simplistic of an explanation. In other articles you mentioned a correlation between grand solar minimums and volcanic activity too, and historically major eruptions have also been correlated to global cooling. I am getting a feeling that grand solar minimums are the root cause of many big factors that contribute to global cooling, but either way in a few years the fact that the earth’s CO2 levels will continue to rise, while temperatures continue to drop, will undoubtedly once and for all end this ridiculous CO2 vs climate debate.

    • Russ Steele March 15, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      I agree, there seems to be a volcanic trigger that comes with the cooling, my question is does the sun pull the trigger? Thoughts?

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