[permaculture] Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Climate change sceptics bet $10, 000 on cooler world

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Fri Aug 19 00:54:14 EDT 2005

Climate change sceptics bet $10,000 on cooler world

Russian pair challenge UK expert over global warming

David Adam, science correspondent
Friday August 19, 2005
The Guardian

Two climate change sceptics, 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.


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