Are you caught up in the global warming debate? There is another theory, less-talked-about, that suggests we could soon be entering an ice age. Glacial ice core samples show that the onset of cooler weather may happen quickly. Consider this alternative, starting with the photo above. And those which follow.
There are winners and losers when the Earth’s weather changes. For example, the food producing region of the Northern Hemisphere has moved north as weather has warmed.
And our high latitude forays notwithstanding, we prefer the current state of the earth to that of the dark ages in Europe, during this planet’s last mini-ice age. We’d love to do the Northwest Passage someday, which the current warming makes possible.
But not everything is going quite as predicted. For example, where the Arctic appears to be warming, some reports suggest the other end of the world is cooling. Might be time to visit Tierra del Fuego while we still can.
Here in Southern Arizona we’ve just had a blizzard.
And while we love the appearance of our Sonora desert covered with snow, we would not want to make a habit of it. Of course if you are mobile, perhaps have your own escape module, you can chose to avoid the cold, or embrace it if the mood strikes. Then you have the best of all worlds.
There is another, more serious side to the climate change dialogue, which at present gets short shift in our opinion. What if the long range computerized weather models are wrong? What if this warming is part of a natural cycle, possibly unrelated to man’s impact on the planet and a shift to a cooler climate, say a snap into another ice age, which could be overdue, is just around the corner? We think it prudent to spend some scientific effort and planning on this possibility, even if it is considered remote, since the impact of global cooling could be truly disastrous to the well being of homo sapiens.
OK, it is early in the morning, we are feeling a little vulnerable without our own escape vehicle, and the moon is full.
Time to get off this box of soap and get back to the job of remedying our present state of unease, so we are ready for the next ice age.