Watch the Sun

…Watch the Sun… (The following article was published in March 2014 and is still relevant today. It is repeated now, with updates, by an associate, while I do not have access to the Internet.) Watching the sun could provide clues Continue reading Watch the Sun

Ten Most Important Articles of 2015

Here are articles of particular interest: 1. Energy efficiency was an important topic. Only LEDs Can Significantly Cut Electricity Usage 2. CO2 emissions were enshrined at COP 21, when no government group has ever looked into whether atmospheric CO2 is a Continue reading Ten Most Important Articles of 2015

Sun Power, Part 2

It was Galileo, using his newly invented telescope, who, around 1600, saw sunspots for the first time in western history. From that point forward, sunspot observations were made on a regular basis by astronomers throughout Europe. Sunspot observations had also Continue reading Sun Power, Part 2

Coming to Grips With the Sun

It’s not well understood how the Sun affects the Earth. We count the number of sun spots, measure the sun’s irradiance and the size of solar storms. We do know that the size of solar storms has been linked to Continue reading Coming to Grips With the Sun

Assessing the Risk of Disaster

People joke about sun spots as though they were irrelevant to the Earth and our daily lives. But they aren’t the benign oddity that people assume. Thought needs to be given to how sun spots may affect the Earth and Continue reading Assessing the Risk of Disaster

Sun Spots

Sun spots can have a powerful effect on the Earth. Sun spots create magnetic storms that can threaten the grid. See A Carrington Catastrophe, January 2013. A solar storm equivalent to the 1862 Carrington event could destroy power transformers across Continue reading Sun Spots