Did those doco's a quant you with previous extreme climatic changes before inciting panic about the next?
For the sake of healthy debate, I propose that we are still warming up from the last ice age.
Sound silly? Well Consider this:
The last ice age started 2.7 million years.
The last ice age finished only 12,000 years ago.
Given we spent 99.55% of the last 2.7 million years pretty much frozen, I vote we've got to get to at least 1 per cent (or 26,000 years) before we finish thawing and we get back to what is "normal" for the earth, acknowledging that the temperature wouldn't be "normal" for humans. Maybe we are accelerating the thawing process - how quickly can you unthaw a planet that has been frozen for 2.7 million years?
Does that make me a sceptic, denier, heretic, agnostic or rationalist?
Yes, they all do go into the extremes the Earth has had. Its never about climate change as that is natural. Earth tilt etc. Its about the extreme pace that has occurred. Just looking at Six Degrees Could Change The World to see if that was the one I watched that went into the effect of each degree. Fascinating.
That's the Pleistocene Period or Epoch. Not the start and end of an ice age."The Pleistocene Epoch is typically defined as the time period that began about 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 11,700 years ago. The most recent Ice Age occurred then, as glaciers covered huge parts of the planet Earth."
Had there been one ice age that ended 12000 years ago, I would agree. Has it ended then, last year, or in 500 years time?? But thats not the case. The most recent was a lot of coverage but not everywhere. From memory down to the Great Lakes which is why they are there, glacial leftovers. One before that was the entire planet. It was a ball of ice top to bottom. Didnt change, as no heat, it all reflected away. I think it was a tilt that started a thaw. Teeny bit of heat retained, and over what I think was at least 100,000's of years if not more, it recovered. Cant recall when that was, might look it up tonight.