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stephanie
03-13-2007, 11:03 PM
Oh Phooey......Al Bore ain't going to like reading this article...
He's going to have to go whip N.G. into submission...:laugh2:

Kate Ravilious
for National Geographic News

February 28, 2007
Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory.

Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. (Get an overview: "Global Warming Fast Facts".)

Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.

In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps" near Mars south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

Habibullah Abdussamet, head of space research at St. Petersburg Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun.

"The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars," he said.

Solar Cycles

Abdussamet believes that changes in the sun's heat output can account for almost all the climate changes we see on both planets.

Mars and Earth, for instance, have experienced periodic ice ages throughout their histories.

"Man-made greenhouse warming has made a small contribution to the warming seen on Earth in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance," Abdussamet said.

By studying fluctuations in the warmth of the sun, Abdussamet believes he can see a pattern that fits with the ups and downs in climate we see on Earth and Mars.

Abdussamatov's work, however, has not been well received by other climate scientists.

The rest of the article at...
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming_2.html

Gaffer
03-14-2007, 07:44 PM
His work is not well recieved by the enviromentalists, is how that last sentence should read. Mars is experiencing global warming and there's no one there to blame it on. It's all the suns fault. Once again the chicken littles get kicked in the teeth by real science.

Gunny
03-17-2007, 01:41 PM
His work is not well recieved by the enviromentalists, is how that last sentence should read. Mars is experiencing global warming and there's no one there to blame it on. It's all the suns fault. Once again the chicken littles get kicked in the teeth by real science.

We are AWESOME. Omnipotent. Not only can we screw up Earth, but we can screw up a planet we've never been to. I bet it's all those broken down machines we keep sending ...

stephanie
03-17-2007, 01:51 PM
We are AWESOME. Omnipotent. Not only can we screw up Earth, but we can screw up a planet we've never been to. I bet it's all those broken down machines we keep sending ...

:laugh2:

Here's to us humans:cheers2: