It would seem that a beast covered in fur would be opposed to the planet staying warm but I have to tell you guys, our fur ain’t made of Gore-Tex and Thinsulate – so I’m pretty stoked that a report out of London indicates that, like the Medieval Warm Period, our current climate situation is likely to be preventing a mini-Ice Age:
Without human carbon dioxide emissions the next ice age would be imminent, according to a Nature Geoscience study led by a UCL scientist.
In the paper, scientists led by Professor Chronis Tzedakis (UCL Geography) have been able to ‘fingerprint’ the timing of past ice age activations, or ‘glacial inceptions’ by identifying the onset of abrupt temperature changes in Greenland and Antarctica.
By applying this ‘fingerprint’ method to a nearly identical interglacial period with similar levels of summer solar radiation to our own current period, some 780 thousand years ago, the researchers have been able to determine that glacial inception would indeed be expected to occur sometime within the next 1500 years, a blink of an eye in the context of the Earth’s lifespan. But due to high CO2 levels, and associated radiative forcing of global temperatures, it is expected to be delayed.
In a related announcement, the sun is hot.
Not Kells hot but pretty hot nonetheless.