Many climate scientists are questioning the relationship between carbon emissions and global warming, while others assert that this trend has now ended. While McPherson’s prognosis, (Guy McPherson – Human Extinction Within Ten Years) based on the global warming hypothesis, may appear grim, what if there were another trend currently counteracting this one? While summers continue to register record high temperatures, winters are getting increasingly colder, which leads some to argue that we are in for a period of global cooling instead of global warming.
Whether a consequence of human-made greenhouse gases, or an outcome of natural evolutionary cycles, or both, the fact remains that the temperature on the surface of the Earth has warmed approximately 0.5 degree Celsius on the average within the past few decades and until around 2007. At first sight this may not seem like much. But considering the intricately linked ecosystem of Gaia, this is a significant increase.
Imagine your own body’s thermostat no longer set at its normal temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. Anyone who has had a fever knows what it’s like to feel weakened, foggy, and sick, alternating between irritation and lethargy, cold chills and hot flashes.
The Earth has a variety of negative feedback loops to keep her temperature stable at the optimum rate for the proliferation of life. Consider what would happen if this thermostat were to be forcibly jammed over a long period of time.
Thom Hartmann reports in his book The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation, that the Great Conveyor Belt has been sputtering lately. It has already stopped and started a few times within the past ten decades. Once it shuts down completely, it is likely to remain shut down for anywhere between a few hundred years and a few thousand years, initiating a new Ice Age. This is an extract from Gaia Luminous by Kiara Windrider. Look inside the book here.