Make no mistake, we are in an ice age RIGHT NOW

An ice age is defined as any period in which at least one pole is glaciated. The south pole has been glaciated for 13 million years.______________

Make no mistake, we are in an ice age RIGHT NOW

Glacial periods (NOT “ice ages,” but I know what is meant by those words) in the present Cenozoic ice age begin with cooler springs and summers. Less and less snow and ice melt each year in the far northern latitudes, and the resulting increase in albedo amplifies the effects of less sunlight in the northern hemisphere due to increasing obliquity. It doesn’t matter how cold the winters are or how much snow there is if it all melts at the same time each year when spring and summer come.

There is still disagreement on naming the present ice age, which we are in RIGHT NOW.

Make no mistake, we are in an ice age. It has been called the Pleistocene Ice Age, which would indicate it has only been going on for 2.5 million years and would exclude the Holocene (the last 12,000 years). That’s not correct, because we’re still in it, this ice age, and it actually began 13 million years ago.

It has also been called the Quaternary Ice Age, which is not much better because that started only 2.5 million years ago, although the Quaternary does continue to the present.

It can’t be called the Neogene Ice Age, although that began early enough (23 mya) because that doesn’t continue to the present.

So it has to be called the Cenozoic Ice Age because that began 66 mya and continues to the present.

An ice age is defined as any period in which at least one pole is glaciated. The south pole has been glaciated for 13 million years.

Thanks to a reader who calls himself/herself Cenozoic Ice Age for this article.


6 thoughts on “Make no mistake, we are in an ice age RIGHT NOW”

  1. A reference back to the definition would be useful – I’ve always been taught that there has to be 3 perm ice sheets ( Greenland, North Pole and Antarctica) for it to be considered an ice age.

  2. sth Australia apparently had it coldest Dec day yesterday
    and the entire eastern seaboards copping huuuuge rains;-)
    meanwhile the ENSO is at.5+ which usually means we would be getting no rains and ongoing drought
    people who have flooded arent overjoyed obviously
    but for the majority of us we’re pretty happy;-)
    droughted areas have some rain and more likely for the next few days

  3. Continental ice sheets dissipated some 14,400 years-before-present (YBP). Between average 102-kiloyear Ice Ages, occurring at regular 115-kiloyear intervals since late Pliocene times c. 3.6 mm YBP, interstadial remissions such as the Holocene Interglacial Epoch last a mean 12,250 years.

    Skewed 1,500 years by the cometary/meteoritic Younger Dryas “cold shock” of 11,950 – 10,450 YBP (BC 9950 – 8450), Earth’s Holocene Interglacial ended 12,250+3,500-14,400 = AD 1350, coincident with Kamchatka’s stratovolcano Kambalny Eruption that precipitated a 500-year Little Ice Age (LIA) ending only in AD 1850/1890.

    On this basis, though ice accumulations will likely not occur for some 300 years, Earth’s benign interstadial period ended 668 years ago. As Australian researcher Robert Holmes showed in December 2017, per Temperature T = PM/Rp, where p is a given planet’s Gas Constant per density and size, atmosphere-oceanic circulation patterns –incl. most particularly CO2 emissions– are symptomatic of underlying geophysical factors ranging from axial precession to continental plate tectonics , magnetic-pole reversals, and oscillating sunspot cycles.

    As Edward Lorenz put it (1960), anyone attributing Earth’s short-term temperature fluctuations to human elements is naught but a fool.

  4. There are definitions of words and then, again, there are definitions of words, and then, of course, there are MEANINGS of words. I won’t quibble over the definition as it is only the meaning that matters to each of us here and now. We are not currently in an ice age because the definition doesn’t match the current meaning. But that is just personal opinion. We are definitely heading into “something,” and it appears we are either heading into an ice age, a mini ice age, or back into an existing ice age, all of which will have the same impact – depopulation and hardship for those that survive. And so far, we are being forced to NOT prepare for it.

  5. We are in an ice age at the end of an interglacial, and temperatures have been steadily declining since the Holocene Optimum (where the polar glaciers were 50% less).

    Since the claim that CO2 warms the earth is false, we can expect the cooling to follow it’s path without interruption. The real threat is a return to Ice Age weather, but this is not being addressed, the world is fighting warming – lol.

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