"The paper, published in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics focused on the period 1844-1960 (but extended at least one graph back to 1600) and finds our current warming period is not that different from earlier episodes and that the increase in solar activity in the last 400 years explains the warming, without any need to invoke a man-made enhanced greenhouse hypothesis."Found this at the Australian website of JoNova. If you go to any website this week or month, this particular one would be my recommendation. The scale of things in our solar system are laid out very nicely and impressively. By the way, above is a picture of a gigantic explosion on the surface of the sun. There is some real time video of it as well at this site. The above pull-quote from the journal article suggests that the "deniers" may be switching from defense to offense. I couldn't resist mentioning this website because of the explosion here in Billings.
This morning as I was taking a shower I heard a boom and then the house shook. I asked Carol what happened: she said "I heard a boom and then the bed and the house shook. We listened at the window to hear sirens but didn't. So I got dressed and headed my car east along Rimrock where I saw smoke coming from the east along the Rims and was directed to turn south on 17th by the police. Smoke was billowing up from somewhere near the Rims somewhere between 17th and 13th. So the distance must have been about 6 blocks away that we heard and felt the explosion. Wow. Nobody was injured as I guess no one was home. The houses around were damaged but no one was physically injured.