Global warming on Mars reported in Canadian National Post, 26 Jan 2007 and National Geographic News, 28 Feb 2007.

Data and images from the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey have revealed that Mars is undergoing a period of warming and its polar ice caps are melting. The conventional theory on variations in temperature on Mars is that they are due to aberrations in its orbit and rotation. Mars does not have a large moon to stabilise its movements, as the earth does. However, Russian Scientist Habibullo Abdussamatov, of Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, St. Petersburg, has studied variations in the sun’s heat and claims there is a pattern that can account for most of the climate variation on both Mars and Earth. He has studied changes in the sun’s irradiance and claims that both Mars and Earth are going through a warm period due to changes in the sun’s heat.

Abdussamatov commented, “Man-made greenhouse warming has made a small contribution to the warming seen on Earth in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance”. He went on to explain, “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.”

Canadian National Post, National Geographic

Editorial Comment: The unpopular punch line is that if Abdussamatov is correct, climate change should not be blamed on human activity as fast cars and flatulent cows can have no possible influence on Mars climate. Recent media reports have claimed that global warming is “all our fault,” (see, 4 Feb 2007) but human activity cannot be blamed for climate change on Mars.

Abdussamatov has nailed his colours to the wall with his “steep cooling” prediction, so it will be interesting to see if it is correct in 15 to 20 years. In the meantime his work reminds us that there are far more powerful forces at work in and on the world than human activity, and we would remind all to put your trust in the One who is more powerful than all the powerful forces in the Universe: i.e. the One who made it – the Lord Jesus Christ.

Evidence News 17 May 2007

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