How Safe Would YOU Be in an Ice Age?

by TessaSchlesinger

According to solar scientists we are headed for an ice age and according to geologists (earth scientists) we are headed towards gloabal warming.

Are you prepared for climate change? Ice Age Approaching Fast!
One of the most interesting things I read about ice ages is that they all arrived rather suddenly – within twenty years. In other words, one year it was a perfectly, lovely temperate climate, and the next year it was colder than usual, and the year after that even more cold, and the third year was even colder than the second year, and eventually, within twenty years, there was a full blown ice age. Now I know that everybody is talking about global warming, but when I was a kid my late father told me that we were on our way to the next ice age. Basically, there are glacial periods (ice ages which last about 40,000 to 100,000 years) and interglacial periods (warm, temperate periods like the present one) which last about 10,000 years. So, technically, we could face a twenty year decline anytime now and find ourselves living in a situation where it’s much like the north or south pole.

Being Prepared for Climate Change – Approaching Ice Age

It doesn’t really matter how the climate changes, or even, at this point, what has caused the climate change. The point is that if it is radically different to our current climate, it could impair our safety. Climate scientists point out that there is a lot of evidence that the ice is melting at the poles, that some areas are becoming deserts, and that hurricanes and floods are happening more often. All of these events can damage our food supplies. Have you been learning to grow your own food?

In the end, climate change isn’t about saving the earth. The earth has been around for billions of years, and it can exist whether it spews carbon dioxide, nitrogen, or oxygen on its surface. We, however, can’t. As an aside, that’s the one issue I have with pollution. Many say that the earth will cope; yes, they’re right. They seem to miss the point that humans won’t. That said, let’s go with conventional wisdom that used to say that we are on our way to an ice age.

How Prepared are you for an Ice Age?

So, bearing in minds that an ice age would shut down industry, farms, and just about everything on earth, how well would you cope? It’s not that mankind – our species -can’t cope. Evidence shows that modern man has been on this planet for about 200,000 years and that was well within the time of an ice age. Of course, Neanderthal man, Cro-Magnon man, and all the other types of humankind lived during the other Ice ages as well. So it’s possible. However, without preparation, it’s not possible for the current type of modern life to persist.

Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year with top scientists warning of global COOLING
QUOTE: The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year. More than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left ice-bound and a cruise ship attempting the route was forced to turn back.  Some eminent scientists now believe the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century – a process that would expose computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming as dangerously misleading.

 

The four eskimos that accompanied Robert Peary and Matthew Henson on their journey to the pole in 1912 Photo: Matthew Henson..
Eskimoes
Eskimoes

Instead of infighting and political posturing, it might be important to begin to prepare for any climate change. As climate change is inherent to the earth, and as there has been a constant cycle for millions of years, it’s daft to think that it’s not going to happen again. Of course, it is. And we’re just about right for another ice age. With regard to global warming, yes, it might delay it a couple of years (I have no idea how long) but in the end, a cycle is a cycle. Just as it would be pretty impossible to destroy the summer/winter cycle without stopping the earth from rotating around the sun, so it would be impossible to stop the glacial and interglacial periods on earth.

Wouldn’t you think that governments would begin to prepare for that eventually? Remember that in the past, it only took twenty years to go from our normal temperate climate to a full blown ice age. Many people would die (and will die) when that happens again. And it will.

The Climate Change Argument

Everybody has a position. They’re either for climate change or they say it’s a load of hooey. I assume that those who are saying that it’s a load of hooey only mean that mankind is not causing global warming, and that they aren’t refuting that ice ages have existed and are cyclical. If they are right, and that mankind isn’t causing global warming, does it in any way change the situation? The answer is no. Just as we have summer and winter, so we have glacial and interglacial ages. As said before, interglacial periods last about 10,000 years and we’re coming to the end of our own interglacial period now.

The other side of the climate change argument is that the earth is warming up. Some say this is as a result of man using fossil fuels; others say it isn’t and that it is a natural cycle. Again, it doesn’t matter what’s causing it. It’s happening. If there is a glitch in Mother Earth’s reasoning, and if, for some reason, the earth is warming up and not going into the expected ice age, we’re still pretty much in danger of surviving.

Again, it’s not a matter of saving the earth. The earth will survive. As I said before, the earth can spew out hydrogen, carbon monoxide, or hydrogen, it really doesn’t matter. The earth will adjust. It’s human kind that won’t. We can only live in certain environments, and if those environments are changed as a result of the earth warming up, are you ready? Will you survive?

However the climate changes, it is dangerous to human beings. The above chart shows how much the temperature has to increase for it to be dangerous to most of us.
Climate change
Climate change
According to this graph, the sea can fluctuate up to 80 meters during ice ages. That's about 242 feet or about 25 stories in a building. As this info comes from a major corp. out to make billions, and they rely on accurate research, it's accurate.
Climate change
Climate change

Ice Age beginning 2018
Three independent U.S. studies of solar activity arrive at the same conclusions. The following cycle, beginning around 2018 to 2020, may be so weak as to bring on a new Little Ice Age.

Next Ice Age Delayed by Global Warming, Study Says
The North Pole is warmer now than it has been in the past 2,000 years, a trend that is holding off the next ice age, according to the most extensive study yet on Arctic climate change.

Himalayan glaciers actually GAINING ice, space scans show • The Register
A new study of survey data gleaned from space has shown a vast region of Himalayan glaciers is actually gaining ice steadily, mystifying climate scientists who had thought the planet's "third pole" to be melting.

Studies show that the warming of the waters in artic caused a mini ice age 13,000 years ago in USA
The planet's last major cold spell 13,000 years ago was caused by a catastrophic deluge of frigid fresh water from north-west Canada into the Arctic ocean, a new study suggests.

UK weather forecast: Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years as Big Freeze follows flood | Mail O
Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years, warn forecasters as Big Freeze follows flood

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Conflicting Evidence

The two links displayed above - the one with the ice age beginning shortly and the other saying it could be delayed by thousands of years are studies done by different types of scientists. The scientists studying the sun are solar scientists and the studies done at the North Pole are done by climate scientists.

The question is which factor will be the more dominant? Will the cooling of the sun push us towards an ice age or will the increase in carbon dioxide lessen the cold?

I don't know. Do you?

What You Would Need to Survive Either an Ice Age or a Nitrogen Atmosphere

Regardless of which way the climate is changing, you will need certain things to survive. If the air changes to become nitrogen or carbon dioxide, you will need to manufacture you own oxygen. You will also need to figure out how to grow plants and farm animals in a different atmosphere. If, on the other hand, it’s an ice age, it’s not going to be easy to grow food. It will, instead, be a place where some animals will survive and other won’t. You will need to learn to hunt and have a match supply somewhere so that you can light fires to cook your food. You will also need to learn how to wear animal skins because I assume that sheep farming and growing cotton aren’t going to be options in an ice age.

So, instead of people arguing over whether climate change is happening, it’s time to start looking at how we would survive when the climate changes. It’s not a matter of it is changing, or even what is causing the change. The real question is how prepared are we to face the climate when it changes.

Updated: 09/08/2013, TessaSchlesinger
 
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