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March 07, 2013

NYT shocker: Global warming averted impending ice age [Purp]

After having beaten us senseless with "the stick" for years now...they finally get around to admitting what "the carrot" is.

The climate then stabilized at relatively warm temperatures about 10,000 years ago, hitting a plateau that lasted for roughly 5,000 years, the paper shows. After that, shifts of incoming sunshine prompted a long, slow cooling trend.

The cooling was interrupted, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, by a fairly brief spike during the Middle Ages, known as the Medieval Warm Period. (It was then that the Vikings settled Greenland, dying out there when the climate cooled again.)

Scientists say that if natural factors were still governing the climate, the Northern Hemisphere would probably be destined to freeze over again in several thousand years. We were on this downward slope, presumably going back toward another ice age, Dr. Marcott said.

Instead, scientists believe the enormous increase in greenhouse gases caused by industrialization will almost certainly prevent that.


So, can someone explain to me again why mile thick glaciers over the northern states are desirable again? I missed that explanation the first time.


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