Scientist Says the Sun is Warming the Earth and Mars Together
...And incurs wrathful ostracism
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Ok, so I got a kick out of this. A scientist who heads an astronomical observatory in St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida) says that changes in solar output are causing simultaneous warming trends on both the Earth and Mars. The data on Martian warming come from the recent Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions. The data on Earth warming come from, well, you know.
The article from the National Geographic doesn't specify the scientist's specialty, though one supposes it's astronomy or astrophysics, given his affiliation, and not climatology. The climatology world is not amused, naturally.
The felicitously-named Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov tells us that alternating patterns of ice ages and warm periods on both Mars and Earth can be explained by periodic changes in solar output. While this certainly seems like common sense, we get this response:
"His views are completely at odds with the mainstream scientific opinion," said Colin Wilson, a planetary physicist at England's Oxford University. "And they contradict the extensive evidence presented in the most recent IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report." Amato Evan, a climate scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, added that "the idea just isn't supported by the theory or by the observations."
Here's what they mean: the prevailing theory in the climatology world is that ice ages on both planets are caused by tiny orbital fluctuations occurring at eon-length time scales. The sun has little if anything to do with it. Whatever.
What about greenhouse gases?
Perhaps the biggest stumbling block in Abdussamatov's theory is his dismissal of the greenhouse effect, in which atmospheric gases such as carbon dioxide help keep heat trapped near the planet's surface.
He claims that carbon dioxide has only a small influence on Earth's climate and virtually no influence on Mars.
Bad dog. No cookie! But there's more:
Most scientists now fear that the massive amount of carbon dioxide humans are pumping into the air will lead to a catastrophic rise in Earth's temperatures, dramatically raising sea levels as glaciers melt and leading to extreme weather worldwide.
Abdussamatov remains contrarian, however, suggesting that the sun holds something quite different in store.
"The solar irradiance began to drop in the 1990s, and a minimum will be reached by approximately 2040," Abdussamatov said. "It will cause a steep cooling of the climate on Earth in 15 to 20 years."
Just thought you'd want to know. There's going to be a fire sale on beachfront property in the next few years until GW hysteria abates. If you're feeling contrarian, there might be a play for you.