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The field of climate science is nothing if not complex, where a host of variables interact with each other in intricate ways to produce various changes. Just like any other area of science, climate science is far from being fully understood. As an example, a new study has discredited a previous hypothesis suggesting the existence of a link between solar flares and changes in the earth’s global temperature. The new study points out a few errors in the previous analysis, and concludes that the solar and climate records have very different properties that do not support the hypothesis of a sun-climate complexity linking.
"The theory of anthropogenic global warming consists of a set of logically interconnected and consistent hypotheses,” Martin Rypdal said. “This means that if a cornerstone hypothesis is proven to be false, the entire theory fails. A corresponding theory of global warming of solar origin does not exist. What does exist is a set of disconnected, mutually inconsistent, ad hoc hypotheses. If one of these is proven to be false, the typical proponent of solar warming will pull another ad hoc hypothesis out of the hat. This has been the strategy of Scafetta and West over the years, and we have no illusion that our paper will put them to silence..."
This means that if a cornerstone hypothesis is proven to be false, the entire theory fails.
Although, as the article points out, papers and studies like this do little to sway those who have their minds made up and the same people will probably still be talking about sun cycles years and years from now.
The analysis shows that the solar flares and the temperature fluctuations are characterized by distinct exponents and by fundamentally different stochastic properties. We find no evidence that the turbulent intermittency of the sun influences the temperature on short time scales.