The New York Times declared that airplane flight was impossible?shortly before the Wright Brothers had their first successful flight. They declared that Roswell consisted of crash test dummies being tossed from airplanes years after the event actually happened. (Although, to be fair, Maureen Dowd in her column doubted the absurd Air Force story that the editors had fallen for.) But now they?ve finally got it right: in an editorial on Thursday, April 18 by Terrence Joyce titled “The Heat Before the Cold,” they support the shifting ocean currents theory of climate change that was put forth by Whitley Strieber and Art Bell two years ago in their book “The Coming Global Superstorm”?a book that was totally ignored by the Times.
Joyce is a senior scientist at the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. In the editorial, he says that, “?paradoxically, global warming could actually bring colder temperatures to some highly populated areas like Eastern North America and Western Europe.” He goes on to explain that a 10 foot layer of fresh water in the North Atlantic, which is probably coming from melting Arctic ice, has been lowering the salt content of the ocean at a depth of more than a mile for the past 30 years. This could alter the ocean current of warm water from the tropics that normally flows up the East Coast of the U.S. into Canada and then on towards Europe. As the current flows north, the air cools it, making it dense enough to sink to great depths, which keeps it flowing.
But if the current starts out with too little salt content because it?s been diluted by melting ice, it doesn?t make it that far north. All of a sudden, winters in the Northeast and Europe become about 10 degrees colder. The study of tree rings and ice cores tells us that this happened before, around 12,000 years ago and lasted for about 1,000 years. 500 years ago it happened again during the “Little Ice Age” that lasted for 300 years. Joyce concludes by saying that “global warming could actually lead to a big chill.”One thing that disturbs us is that none of the consequences of this are discussed in the editorial. The problem isn?t just that europeans are going to have to start buying snow shovels. The real problem is that the crops that sustain a whole continent may not survive, or yield enough food, to feed the population under the new, cooler climate conditions. Historically, starving people have invaded other countries, where they could be sure of getting enough to eat. Not only that, the article fails to mention the fact that abrupt changes in climate are liable to be accompanied by ultra-violent weather, or that there is generally accepted scientific evidence that this is what happened 12,000 years ago.
So now we know that the climate change scenario described by Whitley Strieber and Art Bell is accurate?because the New York Times says so. But you already knew that, because you read “The Coming Global Superstorm” 2 years ago.
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