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In January, 1998 ZetaTalk stated that the Solar Flares would be used as a cover-up for the approaching cataclysms, and again in July, 1998 included the sun in a list of False Alarms the goverment would use. On Dec 14, 1999 these false claims reached an extreme with a claim that the Solar Wind had disappeared for 3 days, and later news reports cast doubts on the sun as a culprit.

Space Weather Oddity Sends Solar Particles Straight to Earth
Reported by Space.COM, Dec 14, 1999

During the nearly three-day disappearance of the solar wind, that pressure was about 1 percent of normal, prompting the now-unconstrained magnetosphere to balloon outward to a volume never before measured. Typically, the magnetosphere extends 40,000 miles (64,375 kilometers) into space from the Earth on the side facing the sun; on May 11, it reached nearly 235,000 miles (378,195 kilometers) - about as far as the moon. Although physicists have dubbed the events "The Day the Solar Wind Disappeared," they still do not have an explanation for what caused it. Observations made of the sun itself during that period show no evidence of unusual activity. "We basically haven't found any smoking guns back at the sun," said David Webb, a Boston College research physicist.

Ocean is Warming, study finds
By John Roach, ENN News, March 24, 2000

The world ocean has experienced a net warming of 0.11 degrees Fahrenheit from the sea surface through about 10,000 feet of depth over the past 35-45 years. The upper 1,000 feet has warmed by 0.56 degrees Fahrenheit. "Although these may seem like small changes, it represents a large change in the heat content of the ocean," said Sydney Levitus, an oceanographer with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "Water is very effective at absorbing heat without undergoing much of a temperature change." The finding, reported in today's issue of Science, answers the question of why the Earth's atmosphere has not warmed as much as climate model simulations have predicted, a point made repeatedly by critics of global warming.

"The response of climate modelers has been that part of the warming due to increasing greenhouse gases could be expected to be found in the ocean," said Levitus. "Our results support the predictions of the climate modelers and suggest that the models do have the correct sensitivity to increasing greenhouse gases." The ocean warming itself is not conclusive evidence of global warming due to human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases. Combined with lower atmosphere and sea surface warming over the past 100 years and the thinning and retreat of Arctic sea ice during the past 35 to 45 years, however, builds a strong case for anthropogenic global warming. "I have followed the greenhouse gas debate and part of the scientific literature on the subject. During the past year I have come to believe that part of the warming we observe in the Earth's climate system is due to increased greenhouse gases," said Levitus.

Don't blame the Sun, Researchers Claim
New Scientist issue: May 6, 2000

Greenhouse effect sceptics may have lost their final excuse. The Sun has been dethroned as the dominant source of climate change, leaving the finger of blame pointing at humans. A correlation between the sunspot cycle and temperatures in the northern hemisphere seemed to account for most of the warming seen up until 1985. But new results reveal that for the past 15 years something other than the Sun - probably greenhouse emissions - has pushed temperatures higher. In 1991, Knud Lassen of the Danish Meteorological Institute in Copenhagen and his colleague Eigil Friis-Christensen found a strong correlation between the length of the solar cycle and temperature changes throughout the northern hemisphere. Initially, they used sunspot and temperature measurements from 1861 to 1989, but later found that climate records dating back four centuries supported their findings. The mysterious - and unexplained - relationship appeared to account for nearly 80 per cent of the measured temperature changes over this period. Now Lassen and astrophysicist Peter Thejll have updated the research and found that while the solar cycle still accounts for about half the temperature rise since 1900, it fails to explain a rise of 0.4 C since 1980. "The curves diverge after 1980," says Thejll, "and it's a startlingly large deviation. Something else is acting on the climate."