January 21, 2016 3 Comments
I’ve said any number of times that I don’t believe that the case has been made for anthropogenic
global warming/global cooling climate change. That’s especially true in the last 50 years as the industrial nations have cleaned up their act, well the first world ones, anyway.
Climate change has been happening ever since climate got started, that’s a different story. Is it conceivable that we did affect the climate when the industrial revolution was going strong. Yes, it is. Like the current scenarios, it’s not proven but as this article shows, I think it is more likely than the current crony capitalist/rent seeking scenario. Think about this for a while, maybe industrialization came just in time to save us from an ice age. Wouldn’t that be ironic?
A newly published study indicates human-caused global warming starting shortly after the Industrial Revolution may have helped the Earth narrowly avert a catastrophic ice age, and global warming advocates and their mainstream media allies are very angry about it. Yes, really.
For the past 3 million years, the Earth has undergone a regular cycle of long ice age glaciations occasionally interrupted by short warm periods. The glaciations last approximately 100,000 years and the warm periods last an average of only 10,000 years. Our present warm period has been in existence for 10,000 years, leading many scientists to worry that a new ice age glaciation may be imminent.
A study in the science journal Nature examined the natural cycles that cause the cyclical glaciations and warm periods and concluded that by the 1800s—after 500 years of cooling temperatures during the Little Ice Age—the conditions were at hand for the Earth to end its 10,000-year warm period and plunge into another full-blown glaciation.
During glaciations, ice sheets more than a mile deep cover much of Europe, Asia, and North America. The Nature study concluded human-caused global warming may have been the deciding factor preventing the plunge into another ice age. The study also noted that ongoing human-caused global warming may be preventing such a plunge even today.