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Major Study That Blames The Sun For Climate Change Gets Retracted By Journal

Most recently, a scientific journal that was more or less prominent in the field retracted a major research that they published, on the grounds that the study itself is blaming the sun as the reason behind the current global climate problem, and not human activity.

Major Journal Retracts Study

At this point in time, it’s common knowledge that climate change is caused by unchecked consumption of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions that are made as a result of continuous human activity. And while there are some natural phenomena that partly pushed this change forward, the reality is that we caused climate change and the entirety of this blame should be on us.

However, that’s not what prominent journal Scientific Reports said in a recent journal published by it, which stated that it’s not us, but the sun, that is to blame. As such, the journal formally retracted the paper by a team at U.K. universities and an institution in Azerbaijan.

According to the retracted study, the average global 1°C temperature rise since the pre-industrial period was due not to humanity’s CO2 emissions, but is actually the result of the distance between our planet and the sun that changes all the time since the sun itself orbits the barycenter, which is the center of mass in our own Milky Way galaxy. The study has since been removed promptly.

“The Earth-sun distance varies over a timescale of a few centuries by substantially less than the amount reported in this article. As a result, the editors no longer have confidence in the conclusions presented,” the journal wrote.

According to Ken Rice, from the University of Edinburgh who wasn’t involved in the study, a research should only be retracted under very extreme circumstances. However, he agreed in this case since it contains glaring, fundamental errors.

“Solar system orbital dynamics is extremely well understood, and it wouldn’t have taken much for the authors to have checked if their claims about the significance of the motion of the sun around the solar system barycentre were indeed correct,” Rice said.

Climate Change A new study found that many parts of the world may soon struggle to produce food that contain necessary nutrients because of climate change and increasing carbon dioxide (CO2). Pixabay

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