The Pros And Cons Of Climate Change On Mars

analytical Essay
709 words
709 words

Climate Change is the epitome of debate; a vociferous one that has unyielded for the past two decades. This idea is no new thing, originating from Svante Arrhenius who, in 1896, first estimated an increase in the global temperature of Earth as CO2 levels rose. Over the course of a century, Climate Change had received both great opposition and support. The supporters believe that this rise in temperature is caused by humans, while the opposition considers it a natural process. There have been many critiques over this time frame, but there was one that stood out to me. The argument in question supposes that Climate Change is not anthropogenic due to the fact that Mars is warming as well. There are many reasons why this could be considered and why, in the end, it should be dismissed as an argument against a human-caused Climate Change.
Solar activity is considerably related to this issue, in that the opposition would argue that it causes both Earth and Mars to increase in temperature. Even though the Sun is a distinct and straightforward target for Climate Change, ultimately its radiative forcing has been noted to …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that climate change is the epitome of debate, originating from svante arrhenius who estimated an increase in the global temperature of earth as co2 levels rose.
  • Argues that solar activity causes both earth and mars to increase in temperature. the sun's radiative forcing accounts for less than a tenth of the net forcings of human activities between the years of 1750 and 2005.
  • Explains that the opposition would say that mars' climate is warming due to an increase in albedo, but the evidence for warming on mars is based on little empirical evidence at best.
  • Argues that fenton's mistake doesn't mean that the 1977 satellite image showed normal albedo levels, not at all. that increase was caused by a previous global dust storm.
  • Opines that unless we go to mars and document the warming as we do here on earth, a consensus will likely not be reached.
  • Concludes that the opposing argument is false and conjectural due to the fact it is based on fallacious evidence, resulting in an untenable critique.

Unfortunately for them, this is not the case. No, the evidence for warming on Mars is based on little empirical evidence at best. The idea that Mars is warming came from satellite images that were analyzed by Lori K. Fenton. It can be seen from the photos that Mars is darker in 1999 than it was in 1977, meaning a decrease in albedo occurred. These changes in albedo, Fenton calculated, would cause a 0.65°C increase in global temperature over the 22 years. This shift would mean that global warming on Mars didn’t need CO2 to happen, which would credit the opposition. Although, Fenton drew conclusions about climate using two endpoints, ignoring everything in between. This ignorance caused him to make a typical mistake: confusing weather for

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