Wednesday, February 27, 2008

OK, Let's Just Talk About the Ice

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age Not that long ago the melting ice was going to doom polar bears to extinction.
And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its "lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.

The ice is back.
And then there is solar activity (or lack of same).
Last month, Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, shrugged off manmade climate change as "a drop in the bucket." Showing that solar activity has entered an inactive phase, Prof. Sorokhtin advised people to "stock up on fur coats."

He is not alone. Kenneth Tapping of our own National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.

The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850.
One year does not make a climate, but it is a start. I predict that climate will change. It always has in the past, and I see no reason to doubt that it will in the future. [via Okie]

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