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Originally posted by expat2368
We have everything in place now for a year without a summer or a mini-ice age.
The Sun has been almost totally absent of sunspots since early 2008. The solar disk at this moment is totally blank of spots. This results in a cooling effect on Earth.
The increase in volcanic activity combined with the absence of sunspots is the perfect setup for rapid cooling.
I think we are nearing a tipping point that could bring a very rapid change to much a much colder climate. Previously huge changes have occurred over a period of only 2 or 3 years.
Originally posted by Yowie13
The end of 3 of the last 4 interglacial periods have been rapid drops into Glacial conditions in a matter of a few years. One of those 4 interglacial periods ended with about 3,000 years of off and on mini ice age conditions and then the rapid plumet.
If we are lucky we get the long drawn out mini ice ages (1-2 degree C colder) to try to adapt. If we are unlucky we rapidly drop 3 or 4 degrees C and full scale glaciation begins. Big problem for the planet is Most of what isn't covered in ice turns into desert as most of the fresh water is locked up in the ice. Our Civilisation gets crushed by Ice or swallowed by sand. What's left of us builds close to the sea so that when the ice age endsthey get swamped when the sea rises hundreds of meters. I wonder how many times we've been down this path before.
[edit on 17-5-2010 by Yowie13]