This development shoots in the head the liberals
'global warming,' doesn't it? A new ice age coming!
The Cooling World
Yup, shore does! They just cain't
get things right, can they? 
From: "M.A. Johnson" <michaelj@america.net>
> There are ominous signs that the Earth's weather
> patterns have begun to change dramatically and
> that these changes may portend a drastic decline
> in food production with serious political
> implications for just about every nation on
> Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite
> soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions
> destined to feel its impact are the great
> wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R.
> in the North, along with a number of marginally
> self-sufficient tropical areas  parts of India,
> Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and
> Indonesia  where the growing season is dependent
> upon the rains brought by the monsoon.
>
> The evidence in support of these predictions has
> now begun to accumulate so massively that
> meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with
> it. In England, farmers have seen their growing
> season decline by about two weeks since 1950,
> with a resultant overall loss in grain production
> estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During
> the same time, the average temperature around
> the equator has risen by a fraction of a
> degree  a fraction that in some areas can mean
> drought and desolation. Last April, in the most
> devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded,
> 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and
> caused half a billion dollars' worth of damage
> in 13 U.S. states.
>
> To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents
> represent the advance signs of fundamental changes
> in the world's weather. Meteorologists disagree
> about the cause and extent of the trend, as well
> as over its specific impact on local weather
> conditions. But they are almost unanimous in the
> view that the trend will reduce agricultural
> productivity for the rest of the century. If the
> climatic change is as profound as some of the
> pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be
> catastrophic. "A major climatic change would force
> economic and social adjustments on a worldwide
> scale," warns a recent report by the National
> Academy of Sciences, "because the global patterns
> of food production and population that have evolved
> are implicitly dependent on the climate of
> the present century."
>
> A survey completed last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell
> of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
> reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground
> temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945
> and 1968. According to George Kukla of Columbia
> University, satellite photos indicated a sudden,
> large increase in Northern Hemisphere snow cover in
> the winter of 1971-72. And a study released last
> month by two NOAA scientists notes that the amount
> of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental
> U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.
>
> To the layman, the relatively small changes in
> temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading.
> Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin points
> out that the Earth's average temperature during the
> great Ice Ages was only about seven degrees lower
> than during its warmest eras  and that the present
> decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the
> way toward the Ice Age average. Others regard the
> cooling as a reversion to the "little ice age"
> conditions that brought bitter winters to much of
> Europe and northern America between 1600 and
> 1900  years when the Thames used to freeze so
> solidly that Londoners roasted oxen on the ice
> and when iceboats sailed the Hudson River almost
> as far south as New York City.
>
> Just what causes the onset of major and minor ice
> ages remains a mystery. "Our knowledge of the
> mechanisms of climatic change is at least as
> fragmentary as our data," concedes the National
> Academy of Sciences report. "Not only are the basic
> scientific questions largely unanswered, but in
> many cases we do not yet know enough to pose
> the key questions."
>
> Meteorologists think that they can forecast the
> short-term results of the return to the norm of
> the last century. They begin by noting the slight
> drop in overall temperature that produces large
> numbers of pressure centers in the upper atmosphere.
> These break up the smooth flow of westerly winds
> over temperate areas. The stagnant air produced
> in this way causes an increase in extremes of
> local weather such as droughts, floods, extended
> dry spells, long freezes, delayed monsoons and
> even local temperature increases  all of which
> have a direct impact on food supplies.
>
> "The world's food-producing system," warns Dr.
> James D. McQuigg of NOAA's Center for Climatic
> and Environmental Assessment, "is much more
> sensitive to the weather variable than it was
> even five years ago." Furthermore, the growth
> of world population and creation of new national
> boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples
> to migrate from their devastated fields, as they
> did during past famines.
>
> Climatologists are pessimistic that political
> leaders will take any positive action to compensate
> for the climatic change, or even to allay its
> effects. They concede that some of the more
> spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting
> the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot
> or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems
> far greater than those they solve. But the
> scientists see few signs that government leaders
> anywhere are even prepared to take the simple
> measures of stockpiling food or of introducing
> the variables of climatic uncertainty into
> economic projections of future food supplies.
> The longer the planners delay, the more difficult
> will they find it to cope with climatic change
> once the results become grim reality.
>
> FROM Newsweek  -- April 28, 1975
>
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