Mars warming too…man-made?

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I recently came across an article detailing what I’d heard before: Mars has experienced a global temperature increase similar to the Earth’s. Unless the government is covering up even more than I think they are, man-made activities are certainly not contributing to that global warming. I mean, a couple of robots gathering rocks couldn’t possibly emit enough carbon dioxide to affect Mars. If so, maybe we could send a few more and get some plants going up there, but I digress.

The point here is that, if a planet completely outside our control is showing a similar warming trend to our planet, maybe we should look at a different source. Even more plain than the proverbial elephant in the room is the giant ball of fire tracing its way across our sky every day. Interestingly enough, the sun went through a historically high peak in activity from 1998-2005 that matches the historic temperatures (even allowing for intentional and unintentional skewing of thermometer data). Since then temperatures have been dropping, and the sun is currently in a prolonged minimum in activity that has some scientists comparing it to the Maunder minimum.

From 1645 to 1715 astronomers noticed that sunspots grew extremely rare. Further research shows that there was an associated period of cool temperatures known as the Little Ice Age (that followed several warmer years known as the Medieval Warm Period). Hmm…could it be that we’re seeing another similar pattern?

In the current solar cycle, scientists keep extending the forecast for the next solar maximum. This minimum has lasted longer than any for quite a while. By now we should have been seeing much more activity, well on our way to a solar maximum in late 2012 or early 2013. But even though there has been slightly more activity, we have dropped back off and are again seeing a week or so at a time with no spots on the sun (during the last two years there were periods of 100+ spotless days). So the current adjusted prediction is for a lower solar maximum than the last one, occurring in around 2015. There is still so much to learn about solar activity, so who knows if that will pan out?

All that to add more weight to the gathering data refuting man-made, or anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

Grasping at straws

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Yet another article is out today with an alternate explanation for an event that had been attributed to global warming. Swiss scientists reported that alpine glaciers in their country experienced the greatest recorded melting in the 1940s (even more than now) due to increased solar radiation during that period.

I’m not surprised by that finding, since I don’t believe the earth is warming as much as they say we are, and any warming that is occurring is certainly not attributable to people.  But what I do find interesting is that, later in the article, the scientists involved in this report still cling to their ideas about global warming.  Despite the mounting evidence that there are other things that have a bigger impact on the climate than mankind, they aren’t swayed from their dogmatic beliefs.

I can’t speak to their motivations.  Maybe it’s the only way for them to get the grants that will allow them to pursue their research.  Maybe they believe it that fervently, but then they couldn’t be called scientists — instead they would be something like priests in this new global religion of climate change.  Either way, the world population is waking up, aided by the leaked e-mails recently, aka “Climategate,” and becoming less trusting of scientists and their conclusions.

And I say it’s about time.

More fringe claims

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It’s hard to know what to believe a lot of the time. There is so much money and power to be gained by the global warming hysteria that the experts we should be able to rely on for impartial discovery and reporting of the scientific truths are at best blinded by their own beliefs, and at worst trying to fabricate or twist the data to fit their own agendas. Whether or not it’s verifiable, some hackers found data and e-mails between climate scientists regarding tricks to make the data appear to support rising temperatures.

Then, too, you have the poor countries trying to strengthen themselves by their claims of damage from climate change caused by the rich, developed countries. I remember reading somewhere that a small island country in the Indian Ocean was trying to sue the United States because of sea level rises caused by global warming.

Then there’s the recent report by Suneeta Mukherjee, country representative of the United Nations Food Population Fund (UNFPA) that poor women in countries like the Philippines would be driven to prostitution by climate change. Seriously?

Who knows what’s coming next? But it’s a pretty scary time when politicians use something like this to gain power. If the science and the dangers are that clear, you would think everyone would want to come together to do their part. Then there wouldn’t be any need for new regulations. The natural cycles of supply and demand would drive developments in alternative energy and energy efficient products, while gradually phasing out the inefficient and dirty processes and products we’ve been using.

I find it all very transparent when you look at things with an open mind and an unbiased perspective. World leaders just want to use this fabricated crisis to grab power and push us toward a world government. Or in the words of Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s chief of staff,

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Update: I found two new analysis articles here and here after I made this post, and you can even search the hacked documents and decide for yourself!