A must-see video.
“When I talk to people about the Grand Solar Minimum (GSM) I usually point them to the BBC documentary called “Little Ice Age Big Chill”,” says reader Norman Grant Smith. “I tell them that the documentary will show them exactly what happened during the last GSM, and this is exactly what will happen in the GSM that is starting right now.”
“This video is an amazing history lesson. And it’s also kind of a horror story as well. People eating their children. Thousands and thousands of “witches” being burned for “causing the clouds rain storms, snow storms, crop failures, plagues etc. That kind of thing. It’s a must-see for all of us.”
This is a l-o-o-o-o-n-g video, so I’ve taken notes (below) in 10 to 15-minute segments.
Here are notes from the 1:16:20-minute mark o the end.
The Little Ice Age came to an abrupt end around 1850. The dramatic shift occurred over the course of perhaps only a decade.
The warming began when the sun started putting out more energy, says Dr Richard Seager of Columbia University. Others say warming was caused by a reduction in volcanic eruptions and by industrialization (human-caused global warming). Yet others blame the ocean. They believe the oceanic conveyor belt oscillates in strength.
If another little ice age should strike, what affect would it have on humanity?
Instead of answering this question right way, the video veers off into fear-mongering about how global warming could trigger the next ice age. Warming causes cooling, the voice-over contends. The ultimate in black-is-white, up-is-down claptrap. I think this part is silly, so I won’t bother to paraphrase it for you.
But regardless of the cause, what consequences would an abrupt cooling have on 21st century civilization?
“Dramatic changes in weather patterns will have incredible impact on human populations,” says Dr Teofilo E. Ruiz, professor of medieval history at UCLA. “We could have conditions that will parallel the horrors that Europe faced in the Little Ice Age.”
In 2003, the Pentagon commissioned a study to come up with, not a prediction, but a worst-case scenario. They call it “a low-probability event with only a one- or two-percent chance of it actually happening. (I think the chances are far, far higher than that – closer to a 100 percent.)
Within a decade, the study found, nations would be rapidly drained of food, water and energy resources critical to national survival. In Europe, skirmishes would erupt among neighboring states over access to shared rivers and oil reserves. The chill would spawn a new world dis-order. The United States’ role as a global cop would become much bigger than today.
However, America will face its own crisis, the study found. As the cold dry climate persists, famine will intensify south of the border, leading to massive migration towards the United States. Perhaps millions of refugees from the Caribbean and Central America will head for the U.S. (I don’t agree with this one. I’m more inclined to think U.S. residents will try to head south.)
One of the most volatile flash points in the Pentagon scenario is China, where the cold climate will trigger famines that kill millions, and also drain the nation’s energy supplies. A civil war will erupt in the most populous nation on earth. At the same time, China’s army will threaten to invade Russia to seize its reserves of natural gas. And its Navy will confront the United States in the Persian Gulf over access to Saudi oil.
Many of the same effects described for China will also be true for India. “It’s not at all implausible that these are the conditions in which nuclear weapons might be used,” the study found.
Critics of the Pentagon report brand it as alarmist fantasy.
Unfortunately, the video ends with yet anther diatribe against humans, blaming us for an entirely natural event, an event that has repeated itself over and over again with absolutely no help from us.
I fear that none of our leaders have any inkling of what horrors are about to descend on our world.
What’s that old Chinese curse? “May you live in interesting times”?
I think I’d rather live in boring times, thank you very much.
Thanks to Norman Grant Smith for this video