According to a Russian scientist, global temperatures are going to cool in the next few decades:
A Russian scientist predicts a period of global cooling in coming decades, followed by a warmer interval.
Khabibullo Abdusamatov expects a repeat of the period known as the Little Ice Age. During the 16th century, the Baltic Sea froze so hard that hotels were built on the ice for people crossing the sea in coaches.
The Little Ice Age is believed to have contributed to the end of the Norse colony in Greenland, which was founded during an interval of much warmer weather.
Abdusamatov and his colleagues at the Russian Academy of Sciences astronomical observatory said the prediction is based on measurement of solar emissions, Novosti reported. They expect the cooling to begin within a few years and to reach its peak between 2055 and 2060.
“The Kyoto initiatives to save the planet from the greenhouse effect should be put off until better times,” he said. “The global temperature maximum has been reached on Earth, and Earth’s global temperature will decline to a climatic minimum even without the Kyoto protocol.”
So, it’s not human behavior that causes global warming. Instead, warming and cooling trends are the norm. Oh, my, what’s Al Gore going to say?
And now we read that glaciers in the Himalayas are growing, not shrinking:
New research published today into climate change in Asia could explain why many glaciers there are growing and not melting.
The investigation into the western Himalaya and the surrounding Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains shows that this area could be reacting differently to global warming, the phenomenon blamed for causing glaciers to melt and shrink.
Researchers at Newcastle University looked at temperature trends in the Upper Indus Basin over the past century.
They found that a recent rise in winter temperatures and a cooling of summer temperatures, combined with an increase in snow and rainfall, could be causing glaciers to grow, at least in the higher mountain regions.
These findings are particularly significant because temperature and rain and snow trends in the Upper Indus Basin also impact on the water availability for more than 50 million Pakistanis.
Melt water from glaciers and the previous winter’s snow supplies water for the summer run-off which feeds irrigation both in the mountains and in the plains of the lower Indus.
The vast Indus basin irrigation system is the mainstay of the national economy of Pakistan, which has 170,000 square kilometres of irrigated land, an area two-thirds the size of the UK.
Being able to predict trends could contribute to more effective management of the two major dams in the Upper Indus Basin, the Mangla Dam and the Tarbela Dam, and allow a better long-term control of water for irrigation and power supplies.
Wasn’t global warming supposed to doom us all? Al Gore and the other global warming chicken littles have some explaining to do.