The day after the Day After Tomorrow
It's 'climate change' alright. The National Post says, "forget Global Warming, welcome to the New Ice Age."
According to Robert Toggweiler of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and Joellen Russell, assistant professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona -- two prominent climate modellers -- the computer models that show polar ice-melt cooling the oceans, stopping the circulation of warm equatorial water to northern latitudes and triggering another Ice Age (a la the movie The Day After Tomorrow) are all wrong.
"We missed what was right in front of our eyes," says Prof. Russell. It's not ice melt but rather wind circulation that drives ocean currents northward from the tropics. Climate models until now have not properly accounted for the wind's effects on ocean circulation, so researchers have compensated by over-emphasizing the role of manmade warming on polar ice melt.
I'm not sure we are headed for any Ice Age yet, any more than I was prepared to buy into the theory of carbon-driven manmade Global Warming. But I am sure that we don't understand the climate enough to enshrine any particular theory as The Truth. Nor are we in a position to launch an international, multi-trillion dollar, decades long project of climate engineering run by bureaucracies like the Kyoto Protocol.
I think we should de-politicize the entire debate. Cast out the ideological demons from the house of science. Make it possible for researchers of all persuasions to follow their hypothesis without being threatened with jailtime by David Suzuki, George Monbiot or anyone else. Get all the 'Human Rights' and 'speech code' muttawa out of the business of condemning climate criminals. Then let the market decide how to adapt or react to the information as it becomes tested and available.