A major scientific study is casting fresh doubt on the theory of man-made climate change. In fact, this latest research shows it may be something far beyond the control of humans.
Research by the prestigious European Organization of Nuclear Research supports the theory that periods of earth warming are caused by solar activity and so-called cosmic rays, rather than by human activity.
The findings of the landmark study, dubbed CLOUD, are rocking climate science.
Two years ago, CBN News was the among the first news organization to explain what is known as the Svensmark Cosmic Ray Theory, developed at the Danish Space Institute.
"We've done experiments and these experiments seem to support the idea that cosmic rays are somehow involved in the climate on earth," said Jens Pedersen, senior scientist at DTU Space, National Space Institute
The Earth is constantly being bombarded with cosmic rays, high-energy particles from exploding stars. The Svensmark Cosmic Ray Theory suggests that when these cosmic rays enter the Earth's atmosphere, they help create clouds.
An active sun strengthens a magnetic shield around the Earth that lets fewer cosmic rays get through. If the sun is less active, more cosmic rays get through. And the more cosmic rays, the more clouds, and the cooler global temperatures will be.
In a special test chamber at the Space Institute, scientists can see the aerosols caused by cosmic rays that are believed to aid in cloud formation. The aerosols look like strands of hair.
The important new study by CERN, which operates the multi-million dollar Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, created a bit of a public relations problem for the European Union.
The EU is so committed to the theory of man-made climate change that it has a whole directorate working on the theory.
These days, attacking the theory of man-made global warming can be risky, politically.
Climate change spokesman and former Vice President Al Gore has compared climate change skeptics to racists who should be shunned by society.
That's mild compared with what other climate spokesmen have said -- that global warming skeptics are like holocaust deniers and child molesters.