Friday, February 16, 2007

Is it Global Warming or Solar Systemic?

Look, I'm not a scientist. I have no degrees, no awards, no papers, no theories.

I do, however, have a question: If we caused this warming thing on Earth, how come it's warming up all over the fricken solar system?

Well, don't believe me? Here are some links spanning reports from 1998 through the end of last year:


Scienceagogo.com, June 1998
Global Warming detected on Triton

"There may not be much industrial pollution on Neptune's largest moon, but things are hotting up nonetheless...
The Earth is not alone in suffering global warming. According to observations made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and several ground-based instruments, temperatures on Neptune's largest moon have increased dramatically since the Voyager space probe swung by in 1989. So much so, in fact, that Triton's surface of frozen nitrogen is turning into gas, making its thin atmosphere denser by the day."


Space.com, October 2002
Global Warming on Pluto Puzzles Scientists

In what is largely a reversal of an August announcement, astronomers today said Pluto is undergoing global warming in its thin atmosphere even as it moves farther from the Sun on its long, odd-shaped orbit.


SPACE.com, December 2003
Mars Emerging from Ice Age, Data Suggest

Scientists have suspected in recent years that Mars might be undergoing some sort of global warming. New data points to the possibility it is emerging from an ice age.

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has been surveying the planet for nearly a full Martian year now, and it has spotted seasonal changes like the advance and retreat of polar ice. It's also gathering data of a possible longer trend.



Space.com, May 2006
New Storm on Jupiter Hints at Climate Change

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.



UPI News, November 2006
NASA looks at a monster storm on Saturn

NASA says its Cassini spacecraft has found a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's South Pole, nearly 5,000 miles across -- or two-thirds Earth's diameter.
"It looks like a hurricane, but it doesn't behave like a hurricane," said Andrew Ingersoll, a member of Cassini's imaging team at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. "Whatever it is, we're going to focus on the eye of this storm and find out why it's there."



This is the kind of thing that really makes The Mir go hmmmmm. It should make YOU go hmmmm, too.

If the Sun or some other local cosmic phenomenon is about to turn us all to hurricane basted barbecued burgers, I kinda would like to know.

Maybe instead of focusing exclusively on what is causing warming HERE, we should also consider strongly (and by we, I mean all y'all scientists and politicians and conservative one-track-minders) what is causing warming ALL OVER THE DANG SYSTEM. Because if the cause is principally or wholly external--and I dunno if it is or not--then finding a solution might hinge in small or large part on figuring out why all the solar system is getting feverish and stormy.

Maybe?

Gratuitious analogy warning: If I had a fever and no one else did, I might consider the cause something just related to me. If my whole neighborhood started coming down with a temperature, I'm guessing there's something "out there" infecting us.

Just saying...


hat tip to John C. Wright and Neal Asher of The Skinner blog


And if you want to see how those finger-pointing countries are doing on their Kyoto protocols, let's just say there's a lot of fudging and fibbing and overconsumption. Our prez was right: fundamentally flawed. Or a nice little pass the credit trick. So, they're in no position to wag at the US and threaten to tax us for not signing Kyoto, when they're not complying either, and they DID sign. Planks out your eye, bubs, planks out of your eye.

Linky hat tip to Fred Fry.

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