Because there is so much confusion on the subject, I have written a couple of times lately about the importance of sunshine to a healthy life. Those posts are here and here.
A new study confirms these findings. I reproduce both the headline and the photo (for scientific purposes, of course) below:
Women who sunbathe live longer: study
To be clear: Excessive sun, especially when it leads to sunburn, is unhealthy. But, in general, modern society has gone too far with skin cancer concerns and is risking broader health problems due to lack of exposure to sunlight.
During the last ten days, we have seen several groups of sunspots. Is the the sun coming out of its funk? If so, it would lessen the chances of global cooling that some have warned of. The only thing we can do is watch, because there is no scientific expertise (at least that I know of) at forecasting sunspots in the short term.
For much of the last three years, we have experienced a “blank sun.” At times in the past, extended periods of low sunspot activity have been associated with cooling such as the Little Ice Age. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
By the way, if you wish to view sunspots, you can look at real-time solar images here.