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Monday, April 30, 2007

Global Warming So Bad it Strikes Mars

From the UK Times Online:

Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.

Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.


Don't the Martians know they could stop this and save their planet by: getting rid of their SUVs; abandoning their coal power plants for windmills; using one square of toilet paper; ridding the Red Planet of cat, dog and cow farts, and selling carbon offsets to one another? Dumb Martians!

Well, maybe the Martians aren't to blame. After all, it appears there are no Martians to cause global warming like Earthlings are causing global warming here:
Since there is no known life on Mars it suggests rapid changes in planetary climates could be natural phenomena.

Now before you global warming "flat-earther" skeptics get carried away, it's different on Mars, you see.
The mechanism at work on Mars appears, however, to be different from that on Earth. One of the researchers, Lori Fenton, believes variations in radiation and temperature across the surface of the Red Planet are generating strong winds.

In a paper published in the journal Nature, she suggests that such winds can stir up giant dust storms, trapping heat and raising the planet’s temperature.

See, it's natural on Mars, but man-made here on Earth. So rein in those flatulent cats, people!


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