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Is 'climate change' nudging us closer

to a new ice age?



By Kirk Myers

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13 Jan 10 - (Excerpts) - "As large swaths of the Northern Hemisphere – from the eastern half of North America to Europe, Asia and India – shiver through a big freeze, global warming diehards insist the onslaught of cold weather is an anomaly and warmer temperatures, driven by man-made CO2 and the greenhouse effect, will return with a vengeance.

"But several well-known scientists – adherents of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) theory – are dismissing, at least in the near term, dire predictions of soaring global temperatures.

"Bolstering the climate-change-is-natural argument, Professor Mojib Latif, an author for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said that recent fluctuations in ocean currents in the North Atlantic (Arctic Oscillation) may signal cooler temperatures ahead, perhaps for the next 30 years.

Myers then mentions NASA solar physicist David Hathaway, who says "if the sun remains in its sleepy state, we could see a replay of the Dalton Minimum (a period of very low solar activity when sunspots numbers peaked at only 50), which occurred two centuries ago."

"During the Dalton Minimum (1790 - 1830), global temperatures plummeted, resulting in the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816. The abnormally cold weather destroyed crops in northern Europe, the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Historian John D. Post called it "the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world.”

"Many scientists believe solar activity is earth’s major climate driver, while citing other causes such as ocean currents, volcanic eruptions, undersea geothermal activity, and small fluctuations in the earth’s orbit and tilt.

     Italics added, because I agree so strongly.


Myers goes on to quote astronomers Dr. William Livingston and Dr. Matthew Penn, who reported that “the magnetic field strength in sunspots [was] decreasing with time, independent of the sunspot cycle."

“Whether this is an omen of long-term sunspot decline, analogous to the Maunder Minimum [a very cold period during the Little Ice Age], remains to be seen. Other indicators of the solar activity cycle suggest that sunspots must return in earnest within the next year,” they wrote.

"Geophysicist Phillip Chapman, a former NASA astronaut-scientist and president of the National Space Society, says the sun’s spotlessness could be temporary, but if the muted activity continues, it may be a sign of much colder times ahead."

"The next Little Ice Age would be much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do,” Chapman says. “It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning . . . .” (Italics added)

"During the Maunder Minimum, in the depth of the Little Ice Age, hundreds of thousands of people in Europe died from starvation when the climate turned rainy and cold and cut short the growing season."

Then he quotes me (Robert Felix) noting that "mankind has enjoyed a relatively warm climate during the past 11,500 years – the recent interglacial period (Holocene Epoch) – but is now on the brink of a new ice age.

"Ice samples, some as old as 200,000 years, from the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) show the earth slipping quickly from periods of warmth into full-fledged glacial severity in less than 20 years, Felix says.

“We’re being told there’s global warming, but I think we’re headed in the other direction . . . we’re right on the precipice of the next ice age. When it happens, we’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice.”

Myers goes on to quote astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who says "the influence of human-induced CO2 emissions on climate is vastly overstated."

“Saying the climate system is completely dominated by how much carbon dioxide we have in the system is crazy – completely wrong . . . Carbon dioxide is not the major driver for the earth-climate system.”

"Soon is among a growing number of skeptics who disagree with alarmists who say the “science is settled” and the earth is warming – claims they continue to make even as many regions of the Northern Hemisphere freeze in sub-zero temperatures and dig out from record-setting blizzards, further evidence, skeptics say, of a cooling trend that began nine years ago.

Then Myers speaks of Geophysicist David Deming, an adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis and an associate professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma, who calls global warming a “fraud.”

“To the extent global warming was ever valid, it is now officially over. It is time to file this theory in the dustbin of history, next to Aristotelean physics, Neptunism, the geocentric universe, phlogiston, and a plethora of other incorrect scientific theories, all of which had vocal and dogmatic supporters who cited incontrovertible evidence,” he says.

“Weather and climate change are natural processes beyond human control. To argue otherwise is to deny the factual evidence.”

See all of this great article:
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-32936-Seminole-County-Environmental-News-Examiner~y2010m1d13-Is-climate-change-nudging-us-closer-to-a-new-ice-age
Thanks to Kirk Myers for this link

See other articles by Kirk Myers:
Seminole County Environmental News Examiner

 



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