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Russian Astronomer Cites Global Warming On Mars

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A Global Warming Perspective
St. Petersburg, Russia
March 02, 2007
A Russian astronomer says that polar ice caps on the planet Mars are melting, and the Red Planet is experiencing a warming trend at the same time as the Earth. He cites this is evidence that solar radiation is the main cause of global warming. Scientists who support the view that human beings are responsible for global warming have dismissed the claims. In their view, the Martian heat wave is caused by changes in the Red Planet's rotation on its axis rather than more solar radiation. In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps" near Mars's south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row. 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. The Russian astronomer believes instead that "the solar irradiance began to drop in the 1990s, and a minimum will be reached by approximately 2040. It will cause a steep cooling of the climate on Earth in 15 to 20 years."

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