$10,000 Bet

Not by Fire but by Ice



 Updated 29 August 2005      


Solar physicists bet $10,000 on cooler world - 19 Aug 2005 - Two Russian solar physicists, who think 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 two, Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev, have agreed to 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. (I agree.) 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. 

Professor Richard Lindzen, a meteorologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is dubious about the extent of human activity influencing the climate, has also been willing to bet that global temperatures will drop over the next 20 years.






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