Skip to comments.Fossil fuel-burning 'postponing next ice age'
Posted on 01/13/2016 10:46:30 AM PST by NRx
Humanity's burning of fossil fuels is postponing the next global ice age for at least 100,000 years, according to new research that has discovered the tipping point which plunges the planet into deep freezes.
Showing that human activity, via climate change, can alter global processes like ice ages is compelling evidence that the planet has entered a new geological epoch, dubbed the Anthropocene, according to the scientists.
Other recent research listed evidence from plastic pollution to the mass extinction of wildlife to show that the Earth has entered the Anthropocene.
The new research also shows that a major ice age was narrowly missed just before the industrial revolution , probably because the development of agriculture had nudged the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere just above the tipping point.
(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...
Ahhhh, that would be a good thing.
An Ice age would be a real catastrophe for human civilization.
I think this is just cover for their failed gore-bull warming meme.
I guess the MSM will have to explain how this is terrible.
Ice age is much worse than warming. Much, much worse.
So the warmists are saying their will never be another ice age due to AGW. Um, ok....
Save the planet, drive a 4x4 SUV!
This was the plot of “Fallen Angels.”
Oops, heh heh. We’re sorry all you coal miners and power plant operators lost your jobs. You were doing a good thing after all. Oopsie. We promise we’ll get it right the next time.
This interglacial period has lasted longer than most.
It is much harder to survive cold than it is to survive warmer temperatures. The earth has been much warmer than now since the last Ice Age and humanity thrived.
Try to survive the next Ice Age without burning something to stay alive.
Now just,wait a second there, Bud. We've been told a gazillion time that, once you hit the dreaded "tipping point," things spin catastrophically out of control due to positive feedback. If we were "nudged" (that commie word, again) above the tipping point, then why are global climate systems still in equilibrium?
Have the warmists been lying to us? Say it ain't so!
This article is unreliable.
“...to avoid future ice ages that could have started 50,000 or 90,000 years from now.”
Interglacial periods are relatively short, lasting 20-40,000 years. We are very likely already on the downslope of this one, having already had the warmest period during the Holocene, with a new ice age coming in 10-25,000 years.
Anyone who believes covering a third to a half of the Northern Hemisphere with a mile of ice is better than even the greatest predicted rise of the seas over the coasts is an idiot.
Doesn’t the development of agriculture take co2 out of the atmosphere...the reverse of AGW dogma?
The sad part is that, as Climate Change skeptics have said for years, Man just doesn’t have that much control over the environment. If an Ice Age is coming, we aren’t going to be able to stop it by driving SUVs and burning coal.
If Milankovitch cycles are the cause of the periodic ice ages, and those cycles have not changes in billions of years, then why is the 100,000 cycle limited to the past 4 million years, and not seen before for the prior billions of years?
Well. Good thing muh snowblower runs on regular gas.
Fortunately, it’ll be a balmy 80 degrees year round just in front of the advancing ice sheet. So what if the ice pushes its way down to Chicago and New York? Well just cram a few more people into the remaining tropical paradise that isn’t covered in ice. The temperature wouldn’t drop in the uncovered land mass, would it? Nah.
Good point. At worst, wouldn’t it be carbon-neutral and have no net effect?
A Most ‘Inconvenient Truth’, eh?
“...why is the 100,000 cycle limited to the past 4 million years, and not seen before for the prior billions of years?”
A lot of that has to do with the changing locations of continents and such things as the closing of the Isthmus of Panama, which affect ocean currents and the amount of land in more polar regions.
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