Friday, 21 May 2010

In Search Of - The Coming Ice Age


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Although we are pumping tons of carbon into our atmosphere, which I don't think can be a good thing, Ice Ages are thought to occur due to the (lack of) heat coming from the Sun. The Sun's intensity waxes and wanes as part of its natural cycle and there's nothing we can do about it. At present the sun is waning. Furthermore, NASA has determined that the upper atmosphere has cooled somewhat in recent months. So rather than warming, we might see a period of global cooling.

Having said that, it is still a good idea to make plans to lessen our impact on the environment in the expectation there will be no immediate return to a glacial period. Clean technology is good from a pollution and sustainability standpoint.

I have re-posted this story in light of recent claims that we might soon experience a new "Little Ice Age".

(Originally posted on December 20th, 2008)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 21st, 2010.]

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