posted on Jan, 31 2006 @ 04:42 AM
I'm with you on this SoLaR - maybe I should have titled the thread "Are the conditions right for the next Ice Age" or maybe "is the next Ice Age
imminent" or even "Climate - what next?" For sure I would like to hear from more knowledgeable people than me what they think. The climate is
definately changeing - it has before, it will again. There was also this article from yesterdays' news re :- Greenland Ice Sheet
On the same page there is a link which is interesting:-
Point is, even with the undeniable warming that is occuring, there could be major effects which would occur and which may mean localised cooling - by
"localised" I mean a large part of the N Northern hemisphere. And I think it could happen much faster than commonly held opinion predicts. For
example, say that the general warming we are experiencing, c\w all the extreme weather we have been having of late, is cyclical and is not due to our
efforts vis a vis greenhouse gases. The Greenland Ice Sheet just melts on its' own, and then refreezes in, say, thousands of years or so, part of a
completely normal natural process. Part of this process could be that the Gulf Stream stops, or reverses or whatever, bringing with it the next
Glacial Period. Remember the last El Nino? I saw the effects, in fact was on site in the Indian Ocean during the peak. The Indian Ocean saw mortality
among hard and soft corals down to 30m deep as much as 90%. The area affected was enormous - look on a map how big the Indian Ocean is, then add some
of the Indo-Pacific and parts of the Barrier Reef. All this from one cyclical ocean current half a world away! And it happened fast - not over a long
period! Think what would happen if the Gulf Stream stopped or reversed? Now we are talking about a normal cyclical event, think what it means when we
consider the human impact upon the scenario - the Warming which is man-made, piled on top of the normal cyclical Warming etc. See where I'm going?
It's all too easy to lie in a lagoon with the water temperature at 36 deg C thinking " Isn't this great?" or playing golf in January near New York
thinking " Global Warming? - Great stuff!" We should all remember that climate change is maybe not the best thing to interfere with, as we may be
excarbating a situation which is due to become bad enough without our help!
Would welcome other views/theories/ etc.