I’ve been looking forward to global warming for some time. Here’s a photo of the temperature gauge on my car this morning when I pulled into the school parking lot.
It was a lot colder on the drive. At one point, the gauge read -3. But I thought that pulling out my camera and taking a photo while I was driving was a bad idea.
More bad news on the global warming front: An article in Pravda says that we’re entering a new ice age. Now that’s REALLY gong to put a crimp on golf in Michigan. From Pravda:
The AGW (anthropogenic global warming) theory is based on data that is drawn from a ridiculously narrow span of time and it demonstrates a wanton disregard for the ‘big picture’ of long-term climate change. The data from paleoclimatology, including ice cores, sea sediments, geology, paleobotany and zoology, indicate that we are on the verge of entering another Ice Age, and the data also shows that severe and lasting climate change can occur within only a few years. While concern over the dubious threat of Anthropogenic Global Warming continues to distract the attention of people throughout the world, the very real threat of the approaching and inevitable Ice Age, which will render large parts of the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable, is being foolishly ignored.
It’s funny how these things go in circles. When I was in school back in the 1970s, our science teachers were telling us that the Earth had been cooling since the 1940s and that we would soon be inundated by ice. I can’t find a copy of it on the ‘net, but I remember a Popular Science cover with a painting of the Statue of Liberty encased in a glacier. Here’s an excerpt from a Time magazine article from 1974:
In Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada’s wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced the mildest winters within anyone’s recollection.
As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.
Ice Age. Global Warming. Back to Ice Age.
I don’t know what to think anymore.
I can’t wait for spring.