Jude Terror wrote:The global warming theory, if you believe it, will result in arctic ice melting, which will result in more fresh water being released into the oceans, which is not as good at conducting heat as salt water, which will result in global cooling and a mini ice age. Or something.
That seems to fit the pattern set out in the story.
People 10-20 years ago were saying that then was the time to curtail greenhouse gas production. 5-10 years ago, most scientists were saying it was already too late, that greenhouse gas levels had hit critical mass, and that whatever cycle had been initiated was already underway.
The whole point that people always missed with this discussion wasn't that temperature change was going to bring about doomsday. The point was that rapid temperature fluctuations brought about by a higher average temperature...meaning some places would be warmer at times, some cooler at times, and yes, that means a place could be both warmer and cooler...would bring about rapid climate changes. The obvious impacts of that would be habitat change, which could be catastrophic to sensitive species that don't have the ability to migrate as fast as their habitat does. Species like amphibians, which traditionally are the most sensitive to minor habitat changes, or even top predators like the polar bear, which essentially feed during a single season, and when the ice floes they use to feed on melted, lost their primary food source. It even impacts humans, as we're so tied down by our development that we're unable to relocate.
So, sure, it seems that maybe the Earth has a method to counter a rapid rise in temp, but the fix is to provide for an equally rapid decline in temps. Niether is good news for people.