Climate change: A cosmic connection

  title={Climate change: A cosmic connection},
  author={Jeff Kanipe},
  • J. Kanipe
  • Published 13 September 2006
  • Physics
  • Nature
Physicists and climate scientists have long argued over whether changes to the Sun affect the Earth's climate? A cloud chamber could help clear up the dispute, reports Jeff Kanipe. 
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