Earth could be head­ing for an­other Ice Age

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - WASHINGTON—

As Bri­tain pre­pares to shiver for at least an­other month, a lead­ing sci­en­tist has pre­dicted that the world was head­ing for an­other Ice Age. In­cred­i­bly, Bri­tish Sum­mer Time of­fi­cially starts Satur­day but mil­lions of brassed off Brits pin­ing for warmth will have to en­dure freez­ing tem­per­a­tures and bit­ing winds un­til May. The mis­ery will con­tinue with day­time tem­per­a­tures strug­gling to reach a brac­ing 5C (41F).

The only shine, fore­cast­ers said, is that it will stay dry. As if the out­look wasn’t bleak enough al­ready, me­te­o­rol­o­gists be­lieve the shiv­er­ing start to 2013 has been the cold­est in more than 200 years.

More wor­ry­ingly, the com­bi­na­tion of sub-zero tem­per­a­tures and heavy snow ex­pe­ri­enced across much of the coun­try re­cently could be the pre­lude to a new Ice Age that will be­gin next year and last for 200 years, the Daily Ex­press re­ported.

Rus­sian Habibullo Ab­dus­sam­a­tov, of the St Peters­burg Pulkovo As­tro­nom­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory, painted the Dooms­day sce­nario say­ing the re­cent in­clement weather sim­ply proved we were head­ing to­wards a frozen planet. Dr Ab­dus­sam­a­tov be­lieves Earth was on an “un­avoid­able ad­vance to­wards a deep tem­per­a­ture drop”. The last big freeze, known as the Lit­tle Ice Age, was be­tween 1650 and 1850. “The last global de­crease of tem­per­a­ture (the most cold phase of the Lit­tle Ice Age) was ob­served in Europe, North Amer­ica Green­land,” he said.

“All chan­nels in the Nether­lands were frozen, glaciers were on the ad­vance in Green­land and peo­ple were forced to leave their set­tle­ments, in­hab­ited for sev­eral cen­turies.

“The Thames River in Lon­don and Seine in Paris were frozen over ev­ery year. Hu­man­ity has al­ways been pros­per­ing dur­ing the warm pe­ri­ods and suf­fer­ing dur­ing the cold ones. The cli­mate has never been and will never be sta­ble,” he added. The mis­er­able

and weather since the turn of the year has been blamed on t wo episodes of high pres­sure. A poorly po­si­tioned jet stream means ice cold tem­per­a­tures and the con­tin­u­ing risk of snow show­ers across the north and east. Al­most all of the UK can ex­pect a con­tin­u­a­tion of night frost, which will turn se­vere at times.

April is forecast to be a drier than av­er­age month in the north and east, slightly wet­ter to the south and west but it is ex­pected to be one of the old­est on record.—INP

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