posted on Jan, 16 2008 @ 11:30 AM
Point is, we don't.
Vikings setteled greenland and iceland in recorded history, and only recently has enough ice pack melted to reveal settlements.
The "little ice age" also occured in recorded history and caused a major die-off of european plants, animals and humans during the middle ages.
8 to 10 thousand years ago, the area I reside in was covered by a huge inland lake, temperatures were more moderate, and several native peoples
thrived. Their petroglyphs are everywhere, some well known above the still visible high water mark.
Currently, a large number of wolly mamoths are being discovered in siberia. Some have been found before, but the melting of the tundra is revealing
more-----found to have died suddenly with mouths and stomaches still containing the plants they were grazing on.
Note that point "the plants they were grazing on". Those plants currently no longer exist in the area.
Several climate cycles are known, and some errata like the little ice age are still a mystery. What is fact is that the interglacials---warm periods
like we are in now, are fleetingly short, in geological history.
We reside on a mostly cold planet with brief periods (geologically) of warmth.
It would be exceedingly foolish, in my opinion, to attempt to hasten the return of the ice.
As to your question, they are as big as they are supposed to be. I would guess that those frozen mamoths saw a much more rapid climate change than we
ever will, no matter how much plant food-----read CO2---we manage to pump out.