Forget Global Warming, the Ice Age is Coming!

With all the attention to global warming, are we actually preparing for the right doomsday scenario? Perhaps not, according to physicist Phil Chapman, who thinks that another Ice Age is coming:

The reason this matters is that 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.

That 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 but it is cause for concern.

It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, 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. [...]

If the ice age is coming, there is a small chance that we could prevent or at least delay the transition, if we are prepared to take action soon enough and on a large enough scale.

Link - via The Daily Galaxy

Of course, this is by no means accepted by most scientists in the world. In fact, the idea of global cooling is still a fringe theory. Read more about global cooling here.


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With Cathy on this one. A lot of the above responses are just talking points. The 'Making Money' issue is true well beyond Climate Change profiteers, hardly a unique matter.

There's a vast difference between being able to cite the same three global cooling / global warming debunking websites, and understanding the scientific concensus.

How many of the above people have ever even accessed scientific journals? Why does our media cover these stories about small numbers of scientists who don't even submit peer-reviewed papers?

... Also, why is this Article from *April* making the rounds again? it refuses to die.

Note the entire Wikipedia article is about the 70's predictions, with almost no current data.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change

I'm sure that all of these organizations are just in it for the grant money, right?
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All of you Global Warming gurus need not worry; it will be back in vogue in a few more years (if history is any indication). Maybe Al Gore can revive it in time for the 2020 Presidential election cycle!
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