Could Nature Be Planning a Sudden 'Surprise Party'?

Wed, 2008-06-25 07:01Ross Gelbspan
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Could Nature Be Planning a Sudden 'Surprise Party'?

The Northern Hemisphere briefly emerged from the last ice age some 14,700 years ago with a 22-degree-Fahrenheit spike in just 50 years, then plunged back into icy conditions before abruptly warming again about 11,700 years ago.

Massive “reorganizations” of atmospheric circulation coincided with each temperature spurt, with each reorganization taking just one or two years, according to a new study.

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Well if it is, there’s nothing we can do about it. So enjoy the summer.

So if it can swing as much as 10C [or so] (who uses F anymore, are we still in the dark ages?) in as little as 50 years without human intervention, then what makes our 0.6C in 100 years anything to write home about? In fact, why bother doing anything at all since this obviously says that the next ice age is coming (which we can’t do anything about either) which will wipe most of the planet clean to start again anyway.

Green parties are simpler to plan than you think, and only require a little creativity from the host and guests. First of all – no disposable cups and plates – use washable plates, cutlery and glasses. Buy organically grown flowers from your local farmer’s market for centerpieces, placing them in glass vases or jars from home. Or, even better, buy a small tree and cover the pot in pretty ribbon or cloth. Then, when the party’s over, plant the tree! If you’re planning your party at a conference venue or other party location, ask them to use washable serving dishes, or offer your own to avoid the use of disposable trays and dishes. http://www.venues2events.com.au