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Scientists agree that the earth has become hotter over the last century. But on the causes, despite what looks to the public mind like a consensus, there are dissenting voices. Based on Henrik Svensmark's research at the Danish National Space Center, this book outlines a brilliant and daring new theory that has already provoked fresh thinking on global warming. As prize-winning science writer Nigel Calder and Svensmark himself explain, an interplay of the sun and cosmic rays - sub-atomic particles from exploded stars - seem to have more effect on the climate than man-made carbon dioxide. For anyone interested in the real science behind our climate, this book is a must-read.
Henrik Svensmark leads the Center for Sun-Climate Research at the Danish National Space Center.Nigel Calder is a former editor of the New Scientist, and an award-winning science writer. His Magic Universe (OUP, 2003) was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize in 2004.