Albert Einstein once said: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.” Never a truer word was spoken.

Leading scientists, for instance, have called for World War II-style rationing in First World countries to ward off cataclysmic global warming, in a series of papers published by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society.

“The Second World War and the concept of rationing is something we need to seriously consider if we are to address the scale of the problem we face,” said Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

The recommendation came after Anderson concluded that no other means could guarantee the reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions required to prevent temperatures from rising to dangerous levels.

Strange, then, that in the same week NASA and the ESA agreed, as does the Russian space agency Roscosmos that the Sun is headed for a Grand Solar Minimum and a Grand Cooling will commence. The aptly named Grand Cooling is exactly what it implies: the sun is going to cool. That cooling will also cool off the Earth. It will last from 30 to 50 years.

What exactly does global cooling mean? Well for one, the Earth isn’t going to warm, its going to get colder. Much colder. So cold a little or full-blown Ice Age will ensue. As a matter of fact, some scientists claim we’re already in the early stages of an Ice Age.

So there you are, the scientific community once again showing that it hasn’t got a clue what’s going on. Indeed, studying scientific predictions, including a number of ‘certainties’, over the past 100 years can be both educational and fun. Even Einstein got it horribly wrong. “There is not the slightest indication that energy will ever be obtainable from the atom,” the great scientist said just before the atomic age was born.

So I suggest you don’t worry about climate change in either direction yet; at the moment it just seems to be a bunch of guys and gals trying to prove their theories … which like most scientists will probably prove to be wrong.

 

ROD MILLINGTON

chief editor

 

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