Only YOU can save Earth from the next ice age!

posted at 9:35 am on January 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

You need to curb those carbon emissions or else you’ll be responsible for warming up the planet, sinking the Maldives and ruining skiing season for everyone. Just ask Al Gore. But apparently the “settled science” still isn’t quite so settled, at least not at Cambridge. Scientists there have concluded a lengthy study of climate cycles as they relate to “wobbles” in the Earth’s orbit around the sun and reached a somewhat different conclusion… man’s emissions of carbon might be the only thing standing between us and another ice age.

Researchers used data on the Earth’s orbit and other things to find the historical warm interglacial period that looks most like the current one.

In the journal Nature Geoscience, they write that the next Ice Age would begin within 1,500 years – but emissions have been so high that it will not.

“At current levels of CO2, even if emissions stopped now we’d probably have a long interglacial duration determined by whatever long-term processes could kick in and bring [atmospheric] CO2 down,” said Luke Skinner from Cambridge University.

Dr Skinner’s group – which also included scientists from University College London, the University of Florida and Norway’s Bergen University – calculates that the atmospheric concentration of CO2 would have to fall below about 240 parts per million (ppm) before the glaciation could begin.

The current level is around 390ppm.

Thomas Ferdousi at Pundit Press sees some of the irony in all this.

Remember all of the predictions of how the earth was going to increase temperature so much that it would be difficult for human life to remain? Well, if carbon emissions are raising temperatures, it may be saving our descendants from a horrible frozen wasteland.

According to some scientists now, there’s a pretty good chance that the earth is entering into another ice age. But, then again, there was the prediction that the earth was going to have the ice caps melt and life become insufferable. Maybe both will happen at the same time.

These ice age stories always have to be taken with a grain of salt no matter which side you’re taking in the AGW debate. Had there never been any people on the planet, past patterns indicate that we’d hit another ice age sooner or later. But, in the ultimate bit of irony, we’re fairly sure that warm air is carried up north by massive ocean currents caused by heavily salinated water coming off the ice caps at the poles. Hence, if you melt all the ice at the poles, the “conveyer” currents shut down, and while the equator heats up, the poles go into a massive deep freeze cycle triggering another ice age which lasts until the conveyer currents finally start up again. (Or at least that’s one theory.)

But since apparently nobody knows what they’re talking about anyway, enjoy the warm weather this winter and do your part to stop killer glaciers from crushing America yet again. The world is counting on you.


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Well, I’m certainly going to go turn on everything in the house and drive some unnecessary miles today. I knew I was a carbon stud, just didn’t know how much of one.

J.E. Dyer on January 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

the next Ice Age would begin within 1,500 years

In 1500 years, I plan on being to damn old and senile to care about any “OMG, we’re all gonna die” crap. Besides, I have much bigger problems to worry about, namely what I’m going to make for dinner tonight.

Robin Banks on January 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I’ve heard that the original conjecture was not even confirmed before it started to become “settled”.

Axeman on January 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

– The time from noticing a statistical increase in rate [of cancer] to the time it becomes “something that gives you [cancer]” via. Shepherd Smith has shortened too.

Some of the world is moving much much faster than anyone could possibly steer. That’s not a good thing.

God: Account for it. How did you do it? You managed to careen the whole thing into a ditch.

Man: I’m not really sure. It happened so fast …

Axe on January 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

In 1500 years, I plan on being to damn old and senile to care about any “OMG, we’re all gonna die” crap.

Robin Banks on January 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Dude — I want your genes.

Axe on January 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

How is Al Gore going to make money?

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Selling warm air. :/

Axe on January 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Bad news for Als carbon credit account? I need some pepto, think I gonna puke.

StevC on January 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Carbon dioxide doesn’t regulate climate.

single stack on January 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

This is probably just the start of some major ass covering maneuvers by those who promoted the hysterics. They all know the cycles they are looking at don’t favor their rhetoric. They missed their window of opportunity. Real scientists are poking large holes in their religion. They had wanted to enact some draconian measures and then claim credit for what will be a completely natural cooling cycle. Now they can say “well we were right all along, it’s just this damn ice age that is holding the temps down and preventing the run away hockey stick crap. Our Excel chart was flawless, nature just got in the way. Blah blah blah.” I bet the ice age lasts long enough that generations fail to experience climate as we know it. Then when it starts to thaw, some Al Gore Asshat of the future makes them think it’s TEOTWAWKI!!!!

MechanicalBill on January 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

But since apparently nobody knows what they’re talking about anyway, enjoy the warm weather this winter and do your part to stop killer glaciers from crushing America yet again. The world is counting on you.

Does one have to be a genius to see a village emerging from a receding glacier and understand its actual significance?

A couple people I know pounced on that as proof of man made global warming. I smiled and asked, “It was warmer before the ice came and covered it up 6 or 700 years ago, right?” They just look at me and blink furiously, sorta like Pelosi does if someone asks her a real question.

We know quite a lot actually. Like how Greenland got its name. It was like >>Green<<, dude. We know what happened. Its calle dthe mini Ice age.

Its hard predicting the weather. They cant even get this week right, but they want to talk about hundreds and thousands of years from now?

dogsoldier on January 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Humans prefer heat. They intentionally move from cold climates to extended periods of temperatures in the 90′s-100′s in Florida-Texas-Arizona. The human body is 98.6.

Heat is condusive to agriculture. Agriculture is condusive to human life. The bread basket of the world[USA plains] needs more heat. Same with China farmland and their 1.5 billion. The ice age would be disaturous. Need more cow farts.

Historic temperature charts indicate 3000 years ago was a lot hotter then today. Anybody remember reading about disaster from that time period? Me either. Instead, they were building those pyramids in the desert heat with NO ICECUBES!

Life means adaptation. Any gradual change we can adapt to. But having ice glaciers in Manhattan will make it tougher to go with the flow, then it would with 2 foot higher tides on Miami beach. Definately need more cow farts.

Be fruitful and multiply. And eat beef.

KMav on January 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

But having ice glaciers in Manhattan will make it tougher to go with the flow…

KMav on January 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

The OWS crowd would have to trap the rats for the fur to make parkas.

Yoop on January 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM

So.

The whole “CO2 as a lagging instead of leading indicator of warming” thing just gets the cold shoulder? Don’t even try to explain it away, just ignore it?

I’ll bet these people get paid more than I do, too.

CO2 is and always has been a small part of the *scientific* equation – but regulating more important factors is either practically impossible – or doesn’t allow for political power and control, which is what “carbon regulation” is really about.

You can’t punish people for fraud because the laws are made and administered by fraudsters.

Merovign on January 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

The whole “CO2 as a lagging instead of leading indicator of warming” thing just gets the cold shoulder? Don’t even try to explain it away, just ignore it?

Merovign on January 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Duh. Welcome to the brave new world. If it doesn’t fit, it comes from para-scientists. Or something.

Core samples, schmore samples.

Axe on January 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Mr. Shaw finally seems to understand that the evidence for AGW is compelling. Allahpundit, though somewhat of a skeptic, basically understood this long ago. This leaves Mr. Morrissey as the lone denialist squawker on this site.

Reason is finally prevailing here at Hotair on this subject.

oakland on January 10, 2012 at 6:39 AM

This leaves Mr. Morrissey as the lone denialist squawker on this site.
oakland on January 10, 2012 at 6:39 AM

The loner Hotair staffer, maybe.

I’m the most major league of “man made climate change” deniers.
I really DO believe it’s the “artificial crisis” of choice to justify pulling all the world into One World Government.

listens2glenn on January 10, 2012 at 8:12 AM

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