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    The Earth is Cooling?

    Scientist: Earth Cooling, Not Warming

    Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:53 AM

    By: Philip V. Brennan

    A San Francisco-based scientist says that current solar activity strongly indicates that the earth is on the verge of a new ice age.


    "Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh," warns Phil Chapman writing in The Australian. Chapman is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer who was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut.

    "The scariest photo I have seen . . . is at www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory [SOHO], located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity," Chapman wrote, adding ominously that "what is scary about the picture is that there is only one tiny sunspot."

    "This is where SOHO comes in," he explained. "The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No. 24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers."

    That, he writes did not happen. "The first sunspot appeared in January this year and lasted only two days. A tiny spot appeared last Monday but vanished within 24 hours. Another little spot appeared this Monday. Pray that there will be many more, and soon."

    Why? According to Chapman "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."

    Although 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, Chapman warns that it is cause for concern.

    "Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming," he explains, "the average temperature on earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.

    "All four agencies that track earth's temperature [the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California] report that it cooled by about 0.7 C in 2007." This, he says is "the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over."

    Moreover, he says, there is also plenty of anecdotal evidence that 2007 was exceptionally cold, noting that it snowed in Baghdad for the first time in centuries, the winter in China was simply terrible and the extent of Antarctic sea ice in the austral winter was the greatest on record since James Cook discovered the place in 1770.

    Chapman wrote that the global warming dogma should be put aside, "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."

    How bad could a new little ice age be? "Much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do. There are many more people now, and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the U.S. and Canada." Global warming, he added, "would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it. Millions will starve if we do nothing to prepare for it [such as planning changes in agriculture to compensate], and millions more will die from cold-related diseases."

    And grim as that outlook is, Chapman predicts that there is also another possibility, remote but much more serious the Greenland and Antarctic ice cores and other evidence show that for the past several million years, severe glaciation has almost always afflicted our planet and under normal conditions, most of North America and Europe are buried under about 1.5 km of ice.

    This bitterly frigid climate is interrupted occasionally by brief warm interglacials, typically lasting less than 10,000 years.

    The present interglacial period we have enjoyed throughout recorded human history, called the Holocene, began 11,000 years ago, so an ice age is overdue. And glaciation can occur quickly: The required decline in global temperature is about 12 C and it can happen in 20 years.

    His conclusions: "The next descent into an ice age is inevitable but may not happen for another 1,000 years. On the other hand, it must be noted that the cooling in 2007 was even faster than in typical glacial transitions. If it continued for 20 years, the temperature would be 14 C cooler in 2027."

    By then, he writes, "most of the advanced nations would have ceased to exist, vanishing under the ice, and the rest of the world would be faced with a catastrophe beyond imagining."


    "All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinders and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead," he writes. "It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake."


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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Interesting to say the least. I wonder if this was sent to Al Gore?


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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Awesome find. Little do a lot of people know, but Earth Day was actually founded because scientists believed we were in a Global Cooling.



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Al Gore does all of his BS to get money and have his name in the spotlight. This way people do not forget about him. For every moron that says we are global warming and we are the problem. There is one more moron that says the exact opposite.

    I read somewhere that the earth is always changing. Sometimes it is cooling and and sometimes it is the other. All in all climates will change over time. It is supposed to change from what I hear. Sometimes very drastically too. I do not know too much about the subject but this whole global going green BS is getting old.



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    e. Gore is an idiot



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFAN80 View Post
    I do not know too much about the subject but this whole global going green BS is getting old.
    rack him



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Drew Carey, pretending to spray arosol containers up into the air -
    "Screw the grandkids, I'm cold now!"



    While this may be an issue we need to address, I would hate for any progress that has been made because of 'warming' to be lost. Regardless of which is happening, we need to use resources more efficiently and treat our planet with more care.



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    Drew Carey, pretending to spray arosol containers up into the air -
    "Screw the grandkids, I'm cold now!"



    While this may be an issue we need to address, I would hate for any progress that has been made because of 'warming' to be lost. Regardless of which is happening, we need to use resources more efficiently and treat our planet with more care.
    ^^Exactly what he said. I don't really care if we're cooling or warming - isn't it just practical to do everything in our power to treat the planet with care for our future generations?


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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Weird how Global warming of 2000 has now become global climate change.



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    I read something along these same line in Popular Mechanics a while back. here's a link to it Sun Dimming in Fight for Anti-Ice Age Solar Telescopes - Canada National Research Council - Popular Mechanics



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Don't you think that when Skeptic magazine believes in global warming that there may be something to it??

    Skeptic: Home: The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine


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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Whatever can scare the voters will be the flavor of the week. Terrorism in 2004, Global CLIMATE CHANGE in 2008. What's next?



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    The best anyone can do is have a theory and take appropriate action on a theory including more research. When the preponderance of evidence and theories out there point to global warming only a fool acts on the minorities opinion that the earth is cooling or that there is not climate change. Certainly you respect there opinion and don't ignore it as in the end evidence may change and they may be right. Similar to if 50 doctors tell you you have a cancer and 1 doctor tells you it is not a cancer but the source of your super powers. It may sound good to believe the 1 but you're a fool to ignore the 50. It is senseless to wait on making changes that contribute to possible global warming while a minority of scientists think it is not occuring.



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    The best anyone can do is have a theory and take appropriate action on a theory including more research. When the preponderance of evidence and theories out there point to global warming only a fool acts on the minorities opinion that the earth is cooling or that there is not climate change. Certainly you respect there opinion and don't ignore it as in the end evidence may change and they may be right. Similar to if 50 doctors tell you you have a cancer and 1 doctor tells you it is not a cancer but the source of your super powers. It may sound good to believe the 1 but you're a fool to ignore the 50. It is senseless to wait on making changes that contribute to possible global warming while a minority of scientists think it is not occuring.
    The difference is the doctors have nothing to gain from their diagnosis. Convincing people there is or isn't a global climate change has billions of not trillions of dollars riding on it.



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    Re: The Earth is Cooling?

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    The best anyone can do is have a theory and take appropriate action on a theory including more research. When the preponderance of evidence and theories out there point to global warming only a fool acts on the minorities opinion that the earth is cooling or that there is not climate change. Certainly you respect there opinion and don't ignore it as in the end evidence may change and they may be right. Similar to if 50 doctors tell you you have a cancer and 1 doctor tells you it is not a cancer but the source of your super powers. It may sound good to believe the 1 but you're a fool to ignore the 50. It is senseless to wait on making changes that contribute to possible global warming while a minority of scientists think it is not occuring.
    what if the 50 doctors got their degree from Cuba? basically no nothing boobs spouting a cause for personal gain (treating you) versus serious logic and study done by that one doctor....

    Global Warming was sold as a package of untruths through emotions. Now they have changed the name.. might as well call it New Coke.

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