Now we’re due: a healthy dose of global cooling. No more worries about a mellow, methodically rising average global temperature.
Earth’s climate evolved: its mean surface temperature plateaued. We know the world never pauses forever. A hiatus is the slender calm between big, fat events. What we feared most – endless days of global warming – were really halcyon days we’ll look back on with longing. We’re through it!
Global warming wasn’t scary like it was made out to be. In hindsight the climate change we feared was just a paltry, trifling and scanty amount of warming, although we were told to be very, very alarmed about it. In reality, the feeble global warming trend was trivial and mediocre: earlier periods of global warming periods were warmer–i.e., 3,000 years ago (during the time of the Minoans), 2,000 years ago (a time known as the Roman Optimum), and 1,000 years ago (the Medieval Warm period).
Current global warming was so slight it took its hibernating over the last nearly 20 years to notice and then actually admit the dreaded warming we feared so much had hesitated and then flattened. Very soon perhaps we will all begin to hear a small death-rattle as this minute amount of global warming turns off and then down into a falling tide that glides into decades of global cooling.
Rather than never knowing snow again as global warming alarmists were predicting, the Western world’s children will know hefty amounts of it. We’ll all boast of new records. We will talk about the massive depth of it and the mind-boggling extent of it; and, the prodigious amounts of hail, whopping amounts of plow-grinding snow, and the maximum extent of polar ice: an immense white panorama increasing terrestrial albedo, reflecting away most of the sunlight.
We will get through this. even if it lasts 300 years; and, it could: the Little Ice Age (LIA) was from about the mid thirteenth century to the 1860s. Charles Dickens wrote about life then at around the LIA’s midpoint and George Washington helped give birth to a new nation towards the end of the LIA.
Global cooling need not be the wreck of hope. What do we do? Humanity needs more energy and we’ll need even more so we can produce more during shorter growing seasons and to last long winters when it could get cold enough to freeze the UK’s Thames river again, as it last did not long ago during the Dalton Minimum (1790–1830).
The last big chill occurred at a time corresponding with a period of reduced solar activity – measured by fewer sunspots – as also occurred before that, during the Maunder Minimum (1645–1715 ) and Spörer Minimum (1460–1550). “My opinion is that we are heading into a Maunder Minimum,” according to Mark Giampapa (solar physicist at the National Solar Observatory). “I’m seeing a continuation in the decline of the sunspots’ mean magnetic field strengths and a weakening of the polar magnetic fields and subsurface flows.”
We shouldn’t live in fear of an unleashed climate chaos. An unexpected smashing together of improbable events against natural synchronized oscillators gone wild – a bigger Eyjafjallajökull out of the land of fire and ice, just as Earth skitters through solid waves of cosmic radiation from busted galaxies – is not looming, just waiting to happen the instant humanity to turns the next page. Still, at least prepare for the inevitability of global cooling: our thousand years is up!
We must learn what
everyone once knew–climate change
happens without our help.