It’s apparently even spreading to Mars: Climate Change Hits Mars
Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.
I’m thinking this just has to be our fault – as far as I know, Mars doesn’t even have fossil fuels of its own. So if burning fossil fuels is the cause of global warming, and if there are no fossil fuels on Mars (or living creatures to burn them), then logically it follows that our use of fossil fuels must also be responsible for Mars warming.
Of course, some people have another idea:
The mechanism at work on Mars appears, however, to be different from that on Earth. One of the researchers, Lori Fenton, believes variations in radiation and temperature across the surface of the Red Planet are generating strong winds.
In a paper published in the journal Nature, she suggests that such winds can stir up giant dust storms, trapping heat and raising the planet’s temperature.
So let me get this straight: Increases in temperature due to increased radiation (i.e. heat) are causing winds, which cause dust storms, which in turn traps heat.
Well, that’s logical too. sort of.