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  • News to Ponder 1-15-2009

    Report: Ice Age to blast Earth
    Glacial era predicted to freeze planet for next 100,000 years


    Posted: January 14, 2009
    11:35 pm Eastern



    By Chelsea Schilling
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily
    Earth is "on the brink of entering another Ice Age," according to one report.
    Pravda, Russia's online newspaper, claims evidence shows the warm, 12,000-year Holocene period will soon end, and the planet will experience a glacial age for the next 100,000 years.
    "Ice cores, ocean sediment cores, the geologic record, and studies of ancient plant and animal populations all demonstrate a regular cyclic pattern of Ice Age glacial maximums which each last about 100,000 years, separated by intervening warm interglacials, each lasting about 12,000 years," according to the report.
    Pravda cites three astronomical "Milankovich cycles" as further proof of cooling:
    The tilt of the Earth, which varies over a 41,000-year period.
    The shape of the Earth's orbit, which changes over a period of 100,000 years, "separated by intervening warm interglacials, each lasting about 12,000 years."
    The Precession of the Equinoxes, also known as the earth's "wobble," which gradually rotates the direction of the earth's axis over a period of 26,000 years.
    The astronomical theory of Ice Age causation was first developed by French mathematician Joseph Adhemar in 1842. English prodigy Joseph Croll expounded on the theory in 1875, and Serbian mathematician Milutin Milankovich developed it further in the 1920s and 30s. A trio of scientists, John Imbrie, James Hays and Nicholas Shackleton, published "Variations in the Earth's orbit: Pacemaker of the Ice Ages" in 1976 in which they linked climate data from ocean sediment cores and astronomical Milankovich cycle patterns.

    are reversing.

    "However, this warming trend was interrupted when the winter of 2007/8 delivered the deepest snow cover to the Northern Hemisphere since 1966 and the coldest temperatures since 2001," it states. "It now appears that the current Northern Hemisphere winter of 2008/09 will probably equal or surpass the winter of 2007/08 for both snow depth and cold temperatures."
    As WND recently reported, world temperatures have dropped to levels not seen since 2000. The year 2008 has been documented as the coolest year of this century.
    But as global warming critics might expect, Erik Brown, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune Pravda's Ice Age claims make for a "rather sensational story."
    "Certainly much of what is discussed regarding Milankovich cycles is essentially correct," he said. "However, a critically important point is that the conditions of the Earth's orbit about the Sun do not return to the exact same settings every 100,000 years. This leads to natural variability in the length of the warm interglacial periods."
    Steve Colman, a professor of biochemistry and geochemistry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told the Star Tribune the report is "just plain silly."
    While he said the report "contains a kernel of truth" about Earth probably being "at the end of peak interglacial warmth and heading into the beginning of another Ice Age," he added that "the amount of greenhouse gases we are contributing to the atmosphere, and the rate at which we are doing so, completely dwarfs the natural variations."

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    So which will it be an ice age like this article suggests or a heat wave like the crop article suggests? I think a lot of these predictions are made just to justify the exorbitant research costs of each different philosophy.
    Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggie" while picking up a big stick.

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      Originally posted by flight or fight View Post
      So which will it be an ice age like this article suggests or a heat wave like the crop article suggests? I think a lot of these predictions are made just to justify the exorbitant research costs of each different philosophy.

      You think? The Ice age theory is supported by historical facts though. We are at the very tail of a warm up period. Historically, warm periods last for about 12k years. We are past due. I for one welcome the cooler weather. You can always put on more cloths, you can only take off so much, then you cannot take off any more.

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      • #4
        Don't bet on warming. All data suggest that an ice age is coming. Obviously it is difficult to predict when, or how suddenly temperatures will drop. It certainly may be long after we are all dead. My personal pet theory based on absolutely no evidence is that we are seeing the beginning of the cooling trend now, and it will really start to be noticable in 2012-2014. I prefer my tinfoil hat to be insulated and have ear flaps. Of course, none of this matters because Yellowstone is going to blow up and kill us all anyway.

        Have a great day!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
          You think? The Ice age theory is supported by historical facts though. We are at the very tail of a warm up period. Historically, warm periods last for about 12k years. We are past due. I for one welcome the cooler weather. You can always put on more cloths, you can only take off so much, then you cannot take off any more.
          When you've taken off all the clothes you can and are still hot...jump in a lake.

          You can ALWAYS find a way to cool off, but you can't always find a way to warm up.
          "Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

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          • #6
            Originally posted by flight or fight View Post
            So which will it be an ice age like this article suggests or a heat wave like the crop article suggests? I think a lot of these predictions are made just to justify the exorbitant research costs of each different philosophy.
            Global warming was gonna kill us all yesterday...right ? Now I guess we'll freeze to death.I agree with the above.

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            • #7
              I personally am for and against both global warming and global cooling...however, I am in favor of gobal cooling and global warming...that being said, I currently deny and, at the same time, support each concept equally.....:rolleyes:
              "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

              "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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