“Global Warming” is the key phrase right now. Our local town has gone nuts on recycling – which is a good thing – with new recycling bins being sent out to everyone. So we have to separate our junk from our cardboard, plastic and glass etc. The media seem to run a story nearly everyday about energy usage, water consumption, waste production and just about everything else. The debate on “Global Warming” rages ever on – people are choosing their sides and defending their position. But to anyone that ignores the media nonsense and thinks for themselves, the whole concept of man-made global warming increasingly appears to be nonsense.
As usual the truth is hidden behind a veneer of mis-direction and deceit. The entire issue of Global Warming long ago become an industry in-itself. Take a step back from the entire argument of pollution, waste and consumption for a moment and take a wider look. How wide? Well how about an inter-planetary view…
Whilst man-made global warming is merely a concept, the fact of climate change is very real. Since the year 2000 we have seen unprecedented levels of floods, storms, hurricanes and earthquakes (I would love to hear the explanation for man-made pollution causing an increase in earthquakes…). It is clear then that something is certainly afoot, and that it is serious. Meanwhile as our eyes are cast downwards looking to pollution and national agreements, we really aren’t looking up at the sky and into space.
Major changes have come to Mars over the last decade or so. The polar ice-caps are melting and have begun to recede:
“Mars’ southern polar ice cap, seen here in true color, has shrunk in recent years due to planetary warming—similar to what’s happening on Earth.
According to one scientist’s controversial take, the simultaneous rise in temperatures on Earth and Mars indicates a natural—and not a human—cause for global warming.”
“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.
Since there is no known life on Mars it suggests rapid changes in planetary climates could be natural phenomena.”
The melting ice-caps are a result of temperature increases on the planet, much like those Earth is experiencing. In addition to the raising temperatures, Mars is experiencing an increase in frequency and size of storms.
A new storm discovered on Jupiter in 2006 suggests climate change on the giant planet. Jupiter its famous for is large red-spot, and now it actually has two of them.
The latest images could provide evidence that Jupiter is in the midst of a global change that can modify temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit on different parts of the globe.
The study was led jointly by Imke de Pater and Philip Marcus of University of California, Berkeley.
“The storm is growing in altitude,” de Pater said. “Before when they were just ovals they didn’t stick out above the clouds. Now they are rising.”
Neptune’s largest moon, Triton – has undergone a large shift in temperature, which has been claimed to be caused by climate changes:
At least since 1989, Triton has been undergoing a period of global warming. Percentage-wise, it’s a very large increase,” said Elliot, professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and director of the Wallace Astrophysical Observatory. The 5 percent increase on the absolute temperature scale from about minus-392 degrees Fahrenheit to about minus-389 degrees Fahrenheit would be like the Earth experiencing a jump of about 22 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is also some information that Neptune itself has experienced some changes, although most of that is fairly vague so I haven’t included it here.
The furthest planet from the Sun, is slowly getting further away so it seems somewhat odd that it is also experiencing an increase in temperature:
Pluto is undergoing global warming, as evidenced by a three-fold increase in the planet’s atmospheric pressure during the past 14 years…Pluto and Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, are presently about the same distance from the sun, and each has a predominantly nitrogen atmosphere (with a surface pressure 100,000 times less than that on Earth), so one might expect similar processes to be occurring on these two bodies.
Activity on the Sun has increased to much higher levels than previously seen. This includes both sun-spots and solar flares. Anyone remember the sun-flares of a few years ago that knocked out the electricity in parts of Canada?
A new analysis shows that the Sun is more active now than it has been at anytime in the previous 1,000 years.
Scientists based at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich used ice cores from Greenland to construct a picture of our star’s activity in the past.
They say that over the last century the number of sunspots rose at the same time that the Earth’s climate became steadily warmer.
There is some discussion going on out there, that all these other planetary changes are not connected to the changes on Earth, that they are mere coincidence. Using a form of Monkey Metaphysics, scientists distract from the issue, by stating that the only thing that connects all the planets is the Sun – and that Sun output cannot be a factor as there has been no change in Sun output. Notice how they give you the problem, tell you the potential cause and then say how that cause isn’t even possible.
Perhaps something else is going on? Just as with Global Warming. The climate on Earth has changed many times over thousands of years. How many species have died off over Earths history due to dramatic climate changes?
At any rate, I am not making a statement of fact that all these issues are linked, but it certainly is a curiosity. I do believe that Earth is going through natural changes rather than man-made, and it is our ego-centric beliefs of being at the center of existence that causes us to believe otherwise. I am not arguing that we haven’t harmed this planet, because we have. But when you really think about it, Earth has survived far worse things than humanity. The time scale on Earth is so vast as to defy comprehension, if it takes the Earth 500 million years to recover from humanity – in the grand-scheme of things that isn’t a whole lot. Of course that doesn’t help the current environment and all its various inhabitants.
Perhaps this, just like many other things with humanity, is a power trip. We have to believe that we can have a measure of control over the uncontrollable. That we can somehow influence everything. Perhaps on some level this is just a reflection of those ancient solar system models that placed Earth at the center of the Universe…