The End Of The World (As We Know It)

TIME Magazine is spreading the word about an imminent threat to life on this planet.

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. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. 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.

Telltale signs are everywhere —from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest.Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. 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.

Yes, you read that right. Just 34 years ago, the world’s most eminent climatologists were prophesying the end of the world via a new ice age. While details of these prophecies have changed, the attitude of the political and scientific elite has not.

Surely you have heard of the recent calls for the American Meteorological Society to decertify members who express skepticism of the official creed called global warming. Led by celebrities such as former Vice President Al Gore and Charles, Prince of Wales, there is a growing movement toward changing the infrastructure of the world in order to stave off the destruction of mankind via the emission of greenhouse gases.

There is nobody as shortsighted as a celebrity with a cause. To those who are caught in the raging throng, nothing in the world is as important as stopping this global warming. It is a religion. Heretics must be punished. The leaders must be venerated. The world must be evangelized.

My personal belief is that if global warming is indeed occurring, then it is a natural force. This world is too big for mankind to destroy. In any case, the potential exists for mankind to do more damage trying to fix what is wrong than by letting it be. I remember reading about plans from the 1970s to melt the ice caps in order to stave off global cooling. What would that have wrought?

Anyway, I feel fine.


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