Saturday, May 06, 2006

System Wide Global Warming

Global warming seems now to be a bit more than a global problem. Jupiter has developed a "Red Spot Junior" and the source of this gigantic storm is none other than:

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."
This growth signals a temperature increase in that region, she said.

Mars too seems to be experiencing global warming and the rocky snow that covers parts of Mars is actually disappearing.

It does appear that much, but perhaps not all - a small concession, of the global warming is in fact of solar rather than human origin. Please take note of the following quote by Eugene Parker which appeared in the June 2000 Physics Today:

6) The general level of solar activity doubled or tripled from 1900 to 1950, an estimate based on sunspot numbers and on the intensity of geomagnetic activity. This increase suggests an increase in solar luminosity by perhaps one part in 2000, and the author suggests it is interesting to note that the mean temperature in the northern temperate zone, as well as the surface sea water temperatures, rose during the same period. "Warmer seas, of course, reduce the rate at which atmospheric carbon dioxide is absorbed into the oceans. It appears that the global warming since 1950 is in part a consequence of the continuing increase in solar brightness, seriously aggravated by the extravagant burning of fossil fuel. So the mystery of the variations in the total luminosity of the Sun is part of the complicated picture of global warming."

From Mallard Fillmore.

Also from Mallard Fillmore
H/T To Brainster for one of the link on the Global Warming on Mars (as well as a bit of encouragement that he gave.)

Here is a satirical comment good for a chuckle.


Blogger ABFreedom said...

Always new it was the sun, but really had a big dispute about man's contribution. We used to burn coal for everything way back when, which was far more toxic to the atmosphere then anything in today's world. A lot of areas used to have a black and dark brown haze covering them. Even with that, the contribution to the warming cycle would have been minimal.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

Thanks for the clips and articles SR. More stuff for my bulletin board at school. ;-) Good to see more people picking up on the global warming on Mars.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Being from a northern climate, I say BRING IT ON! I want Michigan to be the new Florida! All the people from the parched wastelands of the south and west may move here to enjoy our milder and more temperate climate!Maybe then we will finally revive this state.

10:57 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

good point tim. :-D

11:03 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

If Floridians move north though, it will be because of the Hurricanes, not the heat. Most Fliridians love the heat, as do most Texans I know.

Good post. I especially like the cartoon! "Big, fat, capitalisti, fossil-fuel consum Marians" are destroying Mars! Heh!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Love the cartoons and Al Gore is indeed a prophet of doom. Love that satirical link.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Please Shoprat, you are throwing a second item into the equation. Most folks can't handle that. It has to be fossil fuels or nothing!

9:58 AM  
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