Not by Fire but by Ice
THE NEXT ICE AGE - NOW!
Discover What Killed the Dinosaurs . . . and Why it Could Soon Kill Us
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“Earth’s climate continues to confound scientists,”
says an article published today on Discovery.com. “Following a 30-year
trend of warming, global temperatures have flatlined since 2001 despite
rising greenhouse gas concentrations, and a heat surplus that should
have cranked up the planetary thermostat.”
"This is nothing like anything we've seen since
1950," Kyle Swanson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee said.
"Cooling events since then had firm causes, like eruptions or
large-magnitude La Ninas. This current cooling doesn't have one."
“But just what's causing the cooling is a mystery. Sinking water currents in the north Atlantic Ocean could be sucking heat down into the depths. Or an overabundance of tropical clouds may be reflecting more of the sun's energy than usual back out into space.
Have they considered the ice-age cycle?
“Swanson thinks the trend could continue for up to 30 years. But he warned that it's just a hiccup, and that humans' penchant for spewing greenhouse gases will certainly come back to haunt us.
"When the climate kicks back out of this state, we'll have explosive warming," Swanson said. "Thirty years of greenhouse gas radiative forcing will still be there and then bang, the warming will return and be very aggressive."
What kind of statement is that?
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