Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fear the Next Ice Age

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fear the Next Ice Age

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Contemporary fear of warm weather is in dramatic contrast to our forebears--who loved warming climates and hated the mini-ice ages. It was during the cooling Dark Ages that the Roman and Mayan empires collapsed, after they had thrived during a warming that was hotter than it is today. It was during the cold of the Little Ice Age that Europe had its worst-ever floods and famines.

The climate event that deserves real concern is the next Big Ice Age. That is inevitably approaching, though it may still be thousands of years away. When it comes, temperatures may plummet 15[degrees]C, with the high latitudes getting up to 40[degrees] colder. Humanity and food production will be forced closer to the Equator, as huge ice sheets expand in Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia. Even Ohio and Indiana would gradually be encased in thick, unmelting ice, while California and the Great Plains could suffer century-long droughts.

Keeping warm will become the critical issue, both night and day. Getting enough food for eight or nine billion people from the relatively small amount of arable land left unfrozen will be a potentially desperate effort. The broad, fertile plains of Alberta and [the] Ukraine will become sub-Arctic wastes. …

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