Monday, February 20, 2006

Global Warming Is Real

Planetary temperatures are rising. The south pole is melting. From an article on this phenomenon:
New impact craters formed since the 1970s suggest changes to age-estimating models. And for three . . . summers in a row, deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near [the] south pole have shrunk from the previous year's size, suggesting a climate change in progress.
Craters? Where?
Oh, I forgot to mention that this planet is Mars. Apparently, the Martians are addicted to Jupiterian oil and have failed to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. Here's the whole article.

So what's really causing the Martian warm spell? It seems that the Martian atmosphere is a complex system, but some radical scientists are beginning to argue that maybe increased solar output has something to do with it.

Hmm. Nah, it's got to be overuse of hairspray and air freshener.


Wendy said...

Just curious--but denial of all aspects of global warming seems a tenet of fundamentalist social policy. Why is that?

Ben said...

Well, I'm not denying global warming myself, so maybe I'm not qualified to speak to that. I'm not sure it's a fundamentalism thing though. Maybe more of a libertarian/conservative distaste for big government, and many fundamentalists fall in that group. Maybe it's also a tendency to distrust the scientific community and the agenda-driven environmentalists who trumpet evolution.

Russell Moore filled in for Al Mohler on his radio program a couple weeks ago and discussed some of those issues on the program titled Are Christians Hurting the Environment? Might be worth listening to, since he acknowledges stewardship responsibilities without accepting environmentalist theology.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, global warming may be happening, but it has nothing to do with hairspray, AC coolant, car exhaust, etc. The earth has always gone through weather cycles - so has Mars apparently.

Jonathan Moorhead said...