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GLOBAL COOLING<br />Ashwin Bhakre<br /> Global Warming and Global Cooling are both big catastrophes happening to the earth right now. The people who believe in these catastrophes are divided into two groups, Liberals and Conservatives. Liberals for instance believe in global warming while the conservatives on the other hand believe more in global cooling. I put my faith in global cooling because of some hard scientific evidence. This decade for example has not been the best year for global warming. China has had its coldest winter in 100 years, Baghdad has seen its first snowfall in recorded history, North America has had the most snow cover in 50 years, Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, Record low temperatures in Minnesota and the list goes on … These are of course anecdotal evidence but in the following paragraph I will tell you more about global cooling and its scientific evidence.<br /> Global cooling is simply the cooling of the earth. It is caused by absence of sunspot activity. All these scientists have proven that the sun's protective solar wind (from sunspots) blows away deep-space cosmic rays. With fewer sunspots there is less solar wind, more cosmic rays, and more cloud formation from those cosmic rays. More cloud formation means more cooling effect on the planet. The anecdotal evidence tells us a lot about the earth cooling down but what good is it without scientific evidence? In the year 2008, global temperatures from satellite and land-temperature gauges have cooled 0.65C up to 0.75C (see figure 1), making it the fastest temperature change ever recorded. NASA satellites also found that 2008’s Arctic Sea ice covered 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) more than the last three years average. It also was 10 to 20 centimeters (about 4-8 inches) thicker than in 2007. The list for this goes on too as there are so many satellites, temperature gauges etc. but these all are saying one thing “The Globe is cooling”. But as they all say not everything is 1 sided this subject also has another side to it which is global warming.<br />(Figure 1) – The temperature drop from Jan 1 2007 to Jan 1 2008.<br /> Global warming is also simply the warming of the earth. Scientist believe that global warming happens due to excessive green house gasses (CO2) and the cause of green house gasses is burning of fossil fuels, cutting down trees etc. From many people’s perspective global warming is man-made. First of all, there is no proof that significant man-made global warming is taking place. Computer models from the U.N show that the first area that should be heated because of the green house gasses is the troposphere. Highly accurate and carefully checked satellites show that there has been no warming of the troposphere. There has been a surface decrease of about half a degree Celsius but that is far below the customary natural swings in surface temperatures (see figure 2). The rise in sea level is another change that people believe has happened because of global warming. Observations show that sea level has risen in the last 18,000 years by about 400 feet and is continuing to rise at a uniform rate, and is not accelerating, irrespective of warming or cooling. In fact, sea level will continue to rise at a slow rate of 8 inches per century, as it has been for the last few thousand years proving that there is no global warming and even if there was it would not have any effect on the sea level. <br />(Figure 2)- The temperature increase that people have exaggerated. <br /> Renowned Environmentalist Al Gore has had the whole world shocked and terrified about the effects of global warming through his book/movie “The inconvenient truth”. His information was true about many things but why it was happening is the error that he made. He said that the glaciers on Mt. Kilimanjaro have been melting because of global warming. The Kilimanjaro glacier has actually been melting since the 1800’<br />s, so industrial carbon emissions/global warming can’t be the reason (some scientists think it’s surrounding deforestation). Another example would be of the Pacific Atoll islands. Al Gore said that they would be under the risk of sinking under the ocean. Instead the water levels are going down in that area. Al Gore is not the only person to make false conclusions. NASA was actually caught faking "warming" data. They simply copied September temperatures and submitted the same figures for October. They then claimed October was the hottest it's been in decades. In a nutshell global warming was nothing more then an exaggeration.<br /> I firmly believe that global cooling is the real deal instead of global warming because of what I have read and personally experienced. Global cooling is happening and it is causing a much more devastating effect on people’s lives. The cold is making it hard for people to grow food and survive. This is where my personal experience comes in because my family owns a very big farm in India and it has been not a easy time for them because crops are not growing, animals are dyeing and it is becoming very hard for people to survive. Now I would like to conclude with a saying I really like “What we’ve got to do in energy conservation is try to ride the global warming issue. 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