29 September 2006

Global...warming?

Here a quote from Time magazine:
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.
Global warming, right?

Wrong.

Global cooling, from an article entitled "Another Ice Age?" in the June 24, 1973 issue of Time. Back then, we were blaming global cooling on man, too:
Man, too, may be somewhat responsible for the cooling trend.
Here's what else they said:
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...

Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round...

Scientists have found other indications of global cooling...

Whatever the cause of the cooling trend, its effects could be extremely serious, if not catastrophic. Scientists figure that only a 1% decrease in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth's surface could tip the climatic balance, and cool the planet enough to send it sliding down the road to another ice age within only a few hundred years...
Interesting reading. How have we gone from global cooling to global warming in 30 years?
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