Monday, January 09, 2012

Breaking: Global Warming Saving Earth from Ice Age Catastrophe

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.

In any case, it doesn't sound like the predictive measure of climatology is too much better than that of politics. Can you tell me who the president will be in 3035? No-- well, then you're a non-believer or a "political change skeptic."

"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.

Well, maybe my headline was a bit off, because the scientists are also claiming that if the temperature did go up due to CO2 emissions, we're still facing a balmy, watery death, followed by freezing in a little more than 1,000 years.

Of course, a lot of these gradual changes in temperature and climate patterns could be part of a natural set of occurances. Nah, manbearpig sounds even better.

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