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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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By snownpaint on 8/20/2008 3:29:53 PM , Rating: 3
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Why is someone refuting other scientists..

Why is anyone not on board with global warming? Why draw your own conclusions? Everything you need to know is done by other scientists and super computers.. Global Cooling, that is impossible! The planet is not a ever changing system with its own checks and balances.

Don't you know Daliytech paid this guy to say this so they could spin their truth.. Contrary ideas should be suppressed or posted on conspiracy websites

(OK I'm done)

Isn't this article, and the idea it represents the whole idea of Science. Building proofs, finding errors to refine and build again. A collection of truths that get knock down and built up better, till they are solid..

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. (Bohr)

Tons of little no name scientist have posted theories that have changed the world. "Brownian motion" lead to the proof of Molecules, that was debated in the 1900. One mans little paper about pollen in water, lead to another's brilliant discovery.

Fallacy has a large margins in complex systems, and you don't get any more complex then the world.

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