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Dr. Velasco Herrara  (Source: Reuters)
A "little ice age" in our future?

Previous DailyTech stories have detailed recent cooling experienced by the planet, and highlighted some of the scientists currently predicting extended global cooling.  Even the UN IPCC has stated that world temperatures may continue to decline, if only briefly.

Now, an expert in geophysics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico has added his voice to the fray. Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, a researcher at UNAM's Institute of Geophysics, has predicted an imminent period of cooling intense enough to be called a small ice age.

Speaking to a crowd at a conference at the Center for Applied Sciences and Technological Development, Herrera says the sun can both cool and warm the planet. Variations in solar activity, he says, are causing changes in the Earth's climate.

"So that in two years or so, there will be a small ice age that lasts from 60 to 80 years", he said. "The most immediate result will be drought."  Herrera says satellite temperature data indicates this cooling may have already begun.

Recent increases in glacier mass in the Andes, Patagonia, and Canada were given as further evidence of an upcoming cold spell.

Herrera also described the predictions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as "erroneous". According to Herrera, their forecasts “are incorrect because are only based on mathematical models which do not include [factors such as] solar activity".

Herrera pointed to the so-called "Little Ice Age" which peaked in the 17th century, as a previous cooling event caused by solar fluctuations.

Herrera made his remarks at UNAM, located in Mexico City, is the oldest university on the North American continent.

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global cooling
By Steve Stip on 8/20/2008 1:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
Y'all Yankees stay up there, ya hear?

RE: global cooling
By Suntan on 8/20/2008 2:05:11 PM , Rating: 3
That’s ok. We’d rather freeze to death than move down to the South.


RE: global cooling
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2008 2:25:35 PM , Rating: 3
We'd prefer that outcome as well.

RE: global cooling
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2008 2:29:46 PM , Rating: 3
We'll send the Californians up there first though.

RE: global cooling
By snownpaint on 8/20/2008 2:36:53 PM , Rating: 3
haha.. I'm heading down there when the freezing begins..

I'm bringing my Hybrid car, ban-stance on raised pickup trucks, my anti-gun stance, trimmers for mullet shaving, Vegetarian restaurants, pinky-finger-out cafe' shops, and all my gay and lesbian friends.

just kidding, i don't have any trimmers.

RE: global cooling
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2008 3:24:25 PM , Rating: 3
So you'll get run over, shot, go hungry, break a finger, and get laughed at.

Just kidding. You won't get laughed at. Well. Maybe.

RE: global cooling
By snownpaint on 8/20/2008 3:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
At least i can laugh at these posts.. good stuff..

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