Not by Fire but by Ice
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10 Jan 2010 - "The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years," says this article in (UK) MailOnline.
Much of our climate is controlled by naturally occurring cycles, say some of the world's most eminent climate scientists.
Among the most prominent of the scientists is Professor Mojib Latif, who leads a research team at the Leibniz Institute at Germany's Kiel University.
Prof Latif "has developed new methods for measuring ocean temperatures
3,000ft beneath the surface, where the cooling and warming cycles
Latif and his colleagues predicted the new cooling trend in a 2008 paper and warned of it again at an IPCC conference last September.
Winters like this one will become much more likely, says Latif. Summers will also probably be cooler, and all this may well last two decades or longer.
For Europe, the crucial factor here is the temperature of the water in the middle of the North Atlantic, now several degrees below its average when the world was still warming.
These cycles move together in a synchronised way across the globe, abruptly flipping the world's climate from a "warm mode" to a "cold mode" and back again in 20 to 30-year cycles, said Prof Anastasios Tsonis, head of the University of Wisconsin Atmospheric Sciences Group.
We therefore can expect 20 or 30 years of cooler temperatures, said Prof Tsonis. "Perhaps we will see talk of an ice age again by the early 2030s."
"According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 - and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this."
See entire article by David Rose
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