“Alternate warming and cooling has occurred about every 27 years since 1470AD, well before atmospheric CO2 began to increase,” wrote Geology Prof Don Easterbrook (2 Nov 2008), for Global Research.
Easterbrook is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University, Bellingham (USA) and has correlated historical records of climate cycles with data from the Greenland Ice Core, the Pacific and North Atlantic Oscillations and sunspots, and predicatively concludes the earth is entering a period of cooling that could last almost 30 years. Easterbrook’s work was published by Global Research Jan 17 2009 just as winter took a turn for the worse in the Northern Hemisphere.
Easterbrook concludes: “Global warming (i.e, the warming since 1977) is over. The minute increase of anthropogenic (man made) CO2 in the atmosphere (0.008%) was not the cause of the warming-it was a continuation of natural cycles that occurred over the past 500 years. The PDO cool mode has replaced the warm mode in the Pacific Ocean, virtually assuring us of about 30 years of global cooling, perhaps much deeper than the global cooling from about 1945 to 1977. Just how much cooler the global climate will be during this cool cycle is uncertain. Recent solar changes suggest that it could be fairly severe, perhaps more like the 1880 to 1915 cool cycle than the more moderate 1945-1977 cool cycle. A more drastic cooling, similar to that during the Dalton and Maunder minimums, could plunge the Earth into another Little Ice Age, but only time will tell if that is likely.”
Editorial Comment: When this editor arrived at Heathrow airport UK early February 09, in the middle of the worst snow falls in 27 years according to the UK media, we found Easterbrook’s work very relevant. We then asked older folks in England and Wales when the last big snow and cold occurred in their area and their answers also agreed with Easterbrook. For a tragic comparison the last big batch of killer bush fires to spread across 3 states of Australia were in 1983 – 26 years ago. Easterbrook has been brave enough to put his head on the block when he makes the testable prediction that we will have cooling for the next 30 years or so. Now we can sit back and watch if the politicians let us.
Those who have endured the two recent freezing cold winters will have no problem believing global cooling is here, but Easterbrook’s work reminds us of the importance of looking at the big picture and learning from history. By doing this Easterbrook puts the recent warm period in its proper place, and shows there are bigger forces at work than human activity. However, we suspect politicians will continue to believe the man-made climate change activists, as they need an excuse to impose a global tax system and carbon tax is their best opportunity in ages. It will be an invidious irony if they have to spend the tax money on coping with disasters, food shortages and increased energy needs caused by cold weather – but will they then refund the Tax?
Evidence News 8 April 2009
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