A Russian astronomer reports that the ice caps on Mars are
shrinking and suggests that an increase in solar radiation is causing it as
well as the warming that scientists around the world are seeing here on Earth.
That might well explain the reports that warming here is accelerating much
faster than the scientists predicted.
According to the director of the Norwegian section of the World
Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Rasmus Hansson, the change �is happening so
extremely fast, much, much faster than we have seen in thousands and thousands
of years. 
David Adam, environmental correspondent for the UK Guardian,
wrote, �Carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere much faster than
scientists expected. New figures from dozens of measuring stations across the
world reveal that concentrations of C02, the main greenhouse gas, rose at
record levels during 2006 -- the fourth year in the last five to show a sharp
increase. Experts are puzzled because the spike, which follows decades of more
modest annual rises, does not appear to match the pattern of steady increases
The scientists have been puzzled by the acceleration of the
warming and rise in sea levels that are at the upper end of and beyond their
The research shows that between 1993 and 2006, sea levels
rose by 3.3mm a year on average, while the 2001 IPCC report had predicted an
annual rise of less than 2mm. 
Startling amounts of ice slipping into the sea have taken
glaciologists by surprise; now they fear that this century�s greenhouse
emissions could be committing the world to a catastrophic sea-level rise . . . 
Some theories that are being put forward are:
Earth is losing it�s ability to absorb C02 from the air, 
dreaded multiple �positive feedbacks� are already kicking in, 
now) an increase in solar radiation is warming the planet.
Quite likely it is a combination of all of these, plus the
increasing levels of C02 from man�s burning of fossil fuels. The percentage of
each contributing factor is a moot point at this time, and to argue about man�s
contribution is a waste of time. The atmosphere was at 379 ppm in 2006 which is
over 100 ppm more than the earth has seen in over 650,000 years.  And
it�s starting to show everywhere the scientists look.
The global warming deniers are pointing to this Russian�s
report as if it is good news that the warming scientists are observing is not
caused by man. That is totally insane in the face of the fact that the earth is
warming in the �hockey stick� scenario, meaning ever accelerating increases . .
. perhaps even out-of-control increases. It certainly is not good news at all.
It won�t matter a bit how much man had to do with a climate change that
destroys our atmosphere and alters life on this planet so much that hundreds of
millions of people may perish from world-wide droughts, pestilence and famine.
We all better get our heads out of the �blame game� and
begin trying to restore Earth�s climate that we have taken for granted for so
long. PLEASE! Let�s say the warming is due to the sun or orbital variations or
whatever -- and man is simply adding to it -- but the important thing is the
climate is warming faster than was expected!
Region As Global Warming Barometer
in carbon levels raises fears of runaway warming
sea levels rising at accelerating rate
4. A Worrying
Trend of Less Ice, Higher Seas
5. Review of the year: Global
warming: Our worst fears are exceeded by reality
dioxide rate is at highest level for 650,000 years
Don Beck at email@example.com.