22 Jan 08 (Excerpts) Temperatures on Earth have stabilized in
the past decade, and the planet should brace itself for a new Ice Age
rather than global warming, a Russian scientist said in an interview
with RIA Novosti Tuesday.
"Russian and foreign research data confirm that global temperatures in
2007 were practically similar to those in 2006, and, in general,
identical to 1998-2006 temperatures, which, basically, means that the
Earth passed the peak of global warming in 1998-2005," said Khabibullo
Abdusamatov, head of a space research lab at the Pulkovo observatory in
According to the scientist, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the
Earth's atmosphere has risen more than 4% in the past decade, but global
warming has practically stopped. It confirms the theory of "solar"
impact on changes in the Earth's climate, because the amount of solar
energy reaching the planet has drastically decreased during the same
period, the scientist said.
"By the mid-21st century the planet will face another Little Ice Age,
similar to the Maunder Minimum, because the amount of solar radiation
hitting the Earth has been constantly decreasing since the 1990s and
will reach its minimum approximately in 2041," he said.
The Maunder Minimum occurred between 1645 and 1715, when only about 50
spots appeared on the Sun, as opposed to the typical 40,000-50,000
It coincided with the middle and coldest part of the so called Little
Ice Age, during which Europe and North America were subjected to
bitterly cold winters.
Therefore, the Earth must brace itself for a growing ice cap, rather
than rising waters in global oceans caused by ice melting.
Mankind will face serious economic, social, and demographic consequences
of the coming Ice Age because it will directly affect more than 80% of
the earth's population, the scientist concluded.
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