I love it when two news accounts appear on the same day that diametrically oppose each other. The first deals with those twin giants of American intellectualism, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who have just confirmed the factual veracity of global warming with a recent visit to Alaska during its record breaking heat wave.
Fresh from a trip to Barrow, America's northernmost city, Senator McCain said anecdotes from Alaskans and residents of the Yukon Territory confirm scientific evidence of global warming. "We are convinced that the overwhelming scientific evidence indicated that climate change is taking place and human activities play a very large role," McCain said.
"I don't think there is any doubt left for anyone who actually looks at the science," Senator Clinton said. "There are still some holdouts, but they are fighting a losing battle. The science is overwhelming, but what is deeply concerning is that climate change is accelerating."
Meanwhile from the Guardian, in the U.K., we have this three paragraph story:
Two climate change skeptics, who believe the dangers of global warming are overstated, have put their money where their mouth is and bet $10,000 that the planet will cool over the next decade.
The Russian solar physicists Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev have agreed the wager with a British climate expert, James Annan.
The pair, based in Irkutsk, at the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, believe that global temperatures are driven more by changes in the sun's activity than by the emission of greenhouse gases. They say the Earth warms and cools in response to changes in the number and size of sunspots. Most mainstream scientists dismiss the idea, but as the sun is expected to enter a less active phase over the next few decades the Russian duo are confident they will see a drop in global temperatures.
Only time will tell but I'd take that bet any day. Any takers?