Warmer temperatures in recent decades might be caused mainly by the sun and not carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study by a team of international scientists.
The study's findings sharply contradict the conclusions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Epoch Times reported Monday.
The new peer-reviewed findings, released just as the UN released its sixth "Assessment Report" (AR6), was published in the international scientific journal Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Nearly two dozen scientists concluded that previous studies did not adequately consider the role of solar energy in explaining increased temperatures.
AR6 again argued that human emissions of CO2 unequivocally were to blame for global warming.
However, scientists and solar physicists said the IPCC was "premature" in blaming CO2. They added the UN body's conclusions were based on "narrow and incomplete data about the Sun’s total irradiance."
The study, if confirmed, could deal a devastating blow to the IPCC 's conclusion that human emissions of CO2 are the primary cause of global warming.
Based on several people who took part in the new study, The Epoch Times said the IPCC appears to display deliberate and systemic bias in what views, studies, and data are included in its reports.
"Depending on which published data and studies you use, you can show that all of the warming is caused by the sun, but the IPCC uses a different data set to come up with the opposite conclusion," Ronan Connolly, Ph.D. told The Epoch Times.
"In their insistence on forcing a so-called scientific consensus, the IPCC seems to have decided to consider only those data sets and studies that support their chosen narrative."
The implications, from a policy perspective, are enormous, especially in a field where trillions of dollars are at stake and a dramatic re-organization of the global economy is being proposed, The Epoch Times said.
The new study said that by using publicly available data sets from the U.S. government and other sources, it easily can explain that changes in solar energy account for all of the warming observed in recent decades.
While agreeing that the data sets used by the UN would imply humans are largely to blame, the scientists said that simply choosing different data sets not used by the UN upends the IPCC's conclusion.
The new paper calls for further research to resolve differences between conflicting data sets and studies.
An IPCC spokesman denied wrongdoing by the UN body, and said the new study had been accepted for publication after the deadline for consideration, The Epoch Times said.
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