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Sunspot activity has not resumed up after hitting an 11-year low in March last year, raising fears that — far from warming — the globe is about to return to an Ice Age, says an Australian-American scientist.

Physicist Phil Chapman, the first native-born Australian to become an astronaut with NASA [he became an American citizen to join up, though he never went into space], said pictures from the U.S. Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) showed no spots on the sun.

He said the world cooled quickly between January last year and January this year, by about 0.7 degrees Centigrade.

"This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record, and it puts us back to where we were in 1930," Chapman wrote in The Australian Wednesday. "If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over."

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The Bureau of Meteorology says temperatures in Australia have been warmer than the 1960-90 average since the late 1970s, barring a couple of cooler years, and are now 0.3 degrees Centigrade higher than the long-term average.

A sunspot is a region on the sun that is cooler than the rest and appears dark.

An alternative theory of global warming is that a strong solar magnetic field, when there is plenty of sunspot activity, protects the Earth from cosmic rays, cutting cloud formation, but that when the field is weak — during low sunspot activity — the rays can penetrate into the lower atmosphere and cloud cover increases, cooling the surface.

But scientists from the U.S. National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Bolder, Colorado published a report in 2006 that showed the sun had a negligible effect on climate change.



Wednesday, April 9, 2008:

Global warming is a household concern in the developed world but a lot remains to be done in the developing and under-developed nations.

The common man needs to be introduced to the threat of global warming and educated on how each one of us can contribute towards it making a better environment.

We do not need big projects or meetings to discuss this issue. Instead it is something that can be put into immediate action.

India is a country where people are used to buying their food from open markets or bazaars. I have grown up seeing my parents going to the market with a cotton or nylon bag but this trend seems to have died a slow death with the introduction of plastics.

Ironically, even though plastics make you feel more sophisticated and modern, they are the single largest contributor to pollution and other health hazards.

Pollution and global warming are inter-related. People building houses no longer believe in having a front space and a backyard. They cover every open space with cement. Have we become so greedy about space? A housing colony in India is a case in point to illustrate how illegal extension of space to accommodate more plays havoc with our environment.

Parks and open spaces in various housing complexes often get compromised upon. The end result is that trees were chopped, two-three bedroom flats are turned into five bedroom flats, rooms turn into pigeon holes and even in a sunny country like India one is forced to use electric light during the day.

We can stop global warming at our doorstep. No fancy projects or huge sums of money can do what awareness can. So let's all resolve to do our little bit to save our environment.

Comments by: user     Posted on :4/12/2008 11:52:03 AM (#9582)

I appreciate the concern shown by the author in combating the global warming . My suggestion if all the NGOs and all Govt. Departments, Housing Boards, Forestory to come forward in making a single point of agend of growing more trees in all the roads, parks, houses even by farmers in their farm lands and waste lands and more over on hill reasons by way of seedings etc. will help India in achieving a forest land increase by more than the existing acreage. All out efforts should be put in by all the citizens of India and if they plant one sappling per head will help the country in seeing a green belt every where.

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