Those of us old enough to remember the 1970s will remember a best-selling book, and a Time Magazine article, Science: Another Ice Age?, which, if memory serves, made it to the cover of several other magazines, predicting an ice age right around the corner.
Back then I lived in Puerto Rico, which was hot and humid, so I thought an ice age might not be entirely unwelcome. Once the talk about global warming started I was already living in the US, and a warmer winter season would be welcome, too.
Alas, now that global warming has been proved to be a scam, and there’s severely cold weather all over the world (Seville is under snow for the first time in 50 years, and Florida’s oranges are freezing), it looks like The mini ice age starts here
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, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.
Their predictions – based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in
summer by 2013.
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.
The scientists’ predictions also undermine the standard climate computer models, which assert that the warming of the Earth since 1900 has been driven solely by man-made greenhouse gas emissions and will continue as long as carbon dioxide levels rise.
They say that their research shows that much of the warming was caused by oceanic cycles when they were in a ‘warm mode’ as opposed to the present ‘cold mode’.
The scientists involved are now able to measure ocean temperatures 3,000ft beneath the surface, where the cooling and warming cycles start. Let’s hope they kept their records, didn’t dump the data, and conserved their programming code.
This challenge to the widespread view that the planet is on the brink of an irreversible catastrophe is all the greater because the scientists could never be described as global warming ‘deniers’ or sceptics.
In the meantime, don’t invest in Al Gore’s carbon trade scam. Instead, I recommend buying lots of polartec socks.