Monday, January 30, 2012

a little global cooling

So it seems we're in store for a mini ice age. I can't tell you want incredible disappointment this is to me.
This, in particularly, sounds ghastly,
Meanwhile, leading climate scientists yesterday told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food.
I've never really understood the panic about global warming. When has the earth's temperature ever been static? We have evidence that its gone way up and way down over millenia (she says blithely, not lifting a finger to source this interesting assertion--hardy har har). But of course, we like what we know, and we can't imagine how we'll cope if things change.

3 comments:

Lois Smith said...

I'm so glad you're as intelligent and wise as I am re the global warming!
Your blog continues to Bless me, Amaze me and fill me with happy feelings, Ann.
Thanks for changing your comment pg here, I couldn't remember any of my passwords when the computer crashed well more than a yr ago. Now I write them down the old fashioned way! :-)

Anne Kennedy said...

Kat just posted this comment and like an idiot, I deleted it with my fat thumbs AGAIN. SORRY Kat!

I always figure it's pure Hubris, with a little bit of no sense of history thrown in. Mankind can't fathom not being responsible for things that are changing, whether good or bad. Add to that, not stopping to think that all those old paintings and books that describe a foot or more of snow in London means it was usual for there to be a foot of snow in London at the time. If that's not true now, then maybe it's not how things were always meant to be!

Tom said...

Google "little ice age" for cooling in northern Europe 1250 to about 1900. Atlantic pack ice began to increase about 1250, last evidence of Greenland settlers about 1400, really cold around 1650, 1720, 1770, 1850, then gradual warming.

Tom Rightmyer, Asheville, NC, where the winter has been generally mild after two heavy snows last winter.