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Scientist: Earth Cooling, Not Warming


Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:53 AM


By: Philip V. Brennan Article Font Size


A San Francisco-based scientist says that current solar activity strongly indicates that the earth is on the verge of a new ice age.


"Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh," warns Phil Chapman writing in The Australian. Chapman is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer who was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut.


"The scariest photo I have seen . . . is at http://www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory [sOHO], located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity," Chapman wrote, adding ominously that "what is scary about the picture is that there is only one tiny sunspot."


"This is where SOHO comes in," he explained. "The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No. 24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers."


That, he writes did not happen. "The first sunspot appeared in January this year and lasted only two days. A tiny spot appeared last Monday but vanished within 24 hours. Another little spot appeared this Monday. Pray that there will be many more, and soon."


Why? According to Chapman "there is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and earth's climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790. Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon's Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots."


Although the rapid temperature decline in 2007 coincided with the failure of cycle No. 24 to begin on schedule is not proof of a causal connection, Chapman warns that it is cause for concern.


"Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming," he explains, "the average temperature on earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.


"All four agencies that track earth's temperature [the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California] report that it cooled by about 0.7 C in 2007." This, he says is "the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over."


Moreover, he says, there is also plenty of anecdotal evidence that 2007 was exceptionally cold, noting that it snowed in Baghdad for the first time in centuries, the winter in China was simply terrible and the extent of Antarctic sea ice in the austral winter was the greatest on record since James Cook discovered the place in 1770.


Chapman wrote that the global warming dogma should be put aside, "at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age, similar to the one that lasted from 1100 to 1850."


How bad could a new little ice age be? "Much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do. There are many more people now, and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the U.S. and Canada." Global warming, he added, "would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it. Millions will starve if we do nothing to prepare for it [such as planning changes in agriculture to compensate], and millions more will die from cold-related diseases."


And grim as that outlook is, Chapman predicts that there is also another possibility, remote but much more serious — the Greenland and Antarctic ice cores and other evidence show that for the past several million years, severe glaciation has almost always afflicted our planet and under normal conditions, most of North America and Europe are buried under about 1.5 km of ice.


This bitterly frigid climate is interrupted occasionally by brief warm interglacials, typically lasting less than 10,000 years.


The present interglacial period we have enjoyed throughout recorded human history, called the Holocene, began 11,000 years ago, so an ice age is overdue. And glaciation can occur quickly: The required decline in global temperature is about 12 C and it can happen in 20 years.


His conclusions: "The next descent into an ice age is inevitable but may not happen for another 1,000 years. On the other hand, it must be noted that the cooling in 2007 was even faster than in typical glacial transitions. If it continued for 20 years, the temperature would be 14 C cooler in 2027."


By then, he writes, "most of the advanced nations would have ceased to exist, vanishing under the ice, and the rest of the world would be faced with a catastrophe beyond imagining."


"All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinders and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead," he writes. "It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake."


© 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.



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Well look on the bright side - it means even more cold play...................... :rolleyes:



Well it going to cool down, but doubtful it'll be an actual ice age.


It's just funny how some are so set on man made global warming when evidence is indicating were cooling down now. But rest assured, they'll say it was man made global cooling and call for action. Alarmist never stop.

And people constantly denying gargantuan amounts of evidence just to be devil's advocates never stop either.:dozey:

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The evidence is against global warming, who's the devils advocate now? Seem's like the devil would advocate for global warming to gain more power over nothing. Global warmest ARE the devils advocates. They sell their sole to profit from being the devils advocate. The world suffers because of them.

Or maybe they're just people who believe in something and are willing to fight for it, much like you are doing with this global cooling idea. The difference is the majority of scientists will tell you the earth is warming, and that it is man-caused. Few will tell you otherwise.;)

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Or maybe they're just people who believe in something and are willing to fight for it, much like you are doing with this global cooling idea. The difference is the majority of scientists will tell you the earth is warming, and that it is man-caused. Few will tell you otherwise.;)


IS that what the modern media says? The majority of scientist are saying mad made global warming is a lie.


I'm afraid you have it flipped around, a few agree with it while tens of thousands are out doing research and signing documents stating it's not man made. But of course no one hears of this.


All you hear of is a few scientist backed by the government and media screaming global warming. Science isn't on their side so they resort to name calling and not science.


Most of the top scientist in the world agree it's not man made. But listen to popular trends not science, it makes life more fun.;)

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