Surprise!: UCLA atmospheric scientists …


UCLA atmospheric scientists have discovered a previously unknown basic mode of energy transfer from the solar wind to the Earth’s magnetosphere. The research, federally funded by the National Science Foundation, could improve the safety and reliability of spacecraft that operate in the upper atmosphere.

The article doesn’t quite make clear the implications of this discovery, but the phrase “transfer of energy” and the term “convection” are used frequently, leading me to believe that this has to do with understanding the way the Sun heats the Earth. Which of course, reminds us that we probably don’t know everything about the way the Earth gets heated.

This is why it’s important to treat anyone who claims to know all the answers about what affects global climate with extreme skepticism.