This was probably the first time I actually worked on a project to fight the climate crisis. After leaving The Nature Company in 1986 I moved into a flat in Kensington with Larry Ephron, one of a handful of people I knew in the San Francisco Bay Area who were proponents of what was called the Hamaker Theory. John D. Hamaker, a mechanical engineer and agronomist, and Donald Weaver, who I knew in the Bay Area had published the only book on the theory, The Survival of Civilization.
In short, the theory is that during interglacial periods, over thousands of years, the earth's soils get depleted of minerals, the plants become less robust and weaker at absorbing carbon dioxide and so carbon dioxide builds up in the atmosphere. It causes more water in the equatorial belt to evaporate and move to the poles where it accumulates as snow. This snow causes the ice caps to advance and a new 100,000 year glacial period begins. During that glacial period, all of that mile-thick glacial ice grinds more rock into dust, so that when the glaciers retreat and the plants recolonize, they have wonderful new soil and can suck down the CO2.
Larry had just begun researching a book and video project to popularize the messages of the Hamaker/Weaver book. He hired me to help him with both. I was his research assistant and he frequently sent me off to the UC Berkeley libraries to do research. And he used a few of the photographs of the Sierras that I shot in my teens while on backpacking trips with the Boy Scouts.
Because the Oakland firestorm destroyed all of my 30,000 slides and negatives, this video is the only surviving copy of those photos!
His book is called The End.
Currently my dear friend and mentor Alden Bryant and the Earth Regeneration Society in Berkeley are the most prominent advocates for this climate and restoration cause. They join me in calling for a crash program to reduce our CO2 levels to 280 ppm (pre-industrial era level) as fast as possible.
PSU Global Warming Panel, April 10, 2012. Someone asks about the Jurassic period, when (according to the question) atmospheric CO2 was 3000-4000 parts per million, in contrast with today's 320 parts per million. The panelists have no data about the Jurassic so they refer to a graph of something from the Eocene, many millions of years later.
The next question refers to the fact that we are in an inter-glacial period (a period of 10,000 years or more between ice ages which can last roughly 100,000 years). Panelists answer that they only have meaningful "high resolution data" for very recent climate trends, and then change the subject to the "little ice age" of a few hundred years ago. The "little ice age" is the name given to a cold period in the 14th to 19th centuries; but it was not a true ice age or glacial period when the planet is largely covered in giant ice sheets for 100,000 years or more.
See NOAA's information on glacial-interglacial cycles: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/abrupt/data2.html
SAVE OUR PLANET... An international team finds evidence that the ocean released large amounts of carbon dioxide at the end of the last Ice Age due to warming, a discovery that may help them forecast how similar changes today could impact future atmospheric CO2 levels.
Find out what a straw man argument is, and how the most spectacular cherry pick in the history of scientific argument is just part of a day's work for the professional deniers.
read the primary studies mentioned here:
"The Ice core record: Climate sensitivity and future greenhouse warming"
"Timing of Atmospheric CO2 and
Antarctic Temperature Changes
Across Termination III"
Man-made global warming is not possible. Not CO2 or carbon greenhouse gases, but changing cosmic ray density by the changing solar heliosphere causes the real climate change on Earth, which is in a cooling trend, because of increased cloud formation.
The 3 know factors which can trigger mini ice ages
Solar Flares can Hit at any time
The great CO2 experiment if a mini age age should hit
Could the next ice age begin any day? If so, what is the evidence for it? We talk with author Robert Felix about the coming ice age. Robert Felix, a former architect, became interested in the ice-age cycle back in 1991. He spent the next eight and a half years, full-time, researching and writing about the coming ice age. Robert's book is called, "Not by Fire but by Ice". Robert Felix argues convincingly that, rather than runaway heating due to humans' burning fossil fuels, the world is much more likely to face rapid onset of the next ice age in the near future. His latest book, "Magnetic Reversal and Evolutionary Leaps" is something we focus on in the second hour for our members. Both his books connect in an interesting way. Robert suggests that we are in for some big changes. The question is how soon can we expect the ice age to being? Stay with us as we explore the coming ice age, magnetic reversal and evolutionary leaps. Topics Discussed: ice ages, the Milankovitch Cycle, global warming and extreme cold, Blake magnetic reversal, orbital stretch, Maunder minimum, sun activity, the jet stream, Pierce Corbin, Mt. St. Helens, CO2, food crisis, underwater volcanoes, Yellowstone, super volcano, processional cycle, Arctic Ocean, subtropical Greenland, Climate Research Unit, Don Easterbrook, glaciers growing not melting, Gulf current stopped, precipitation during winter, the medieval warm period, volcanic ash and more.
http://www.angelicscorn.co.uk/ Will a mini ice age hit us in 2013 or 2012. This is part 2 were I talk about the ocean temp, co2, s02, the sun, post glazier rebound, earth quakes, volcanoes, world economy and ice ages. In part 3 I will look at survival and expected conditions.
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For up to the minute websites go to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center:
Also an invaluable resource, often with interesting pictures at space weather.com
A wonderful Magnetospheric Simulation can be found at: NICT, http://www2.nict.go.jp/y/y223/simulation/realtime/home.html
There is a wealth of information and background on the various satellite and observatory websites (and links therein), e.g.,
If you want to play with the data you MUST check out: http://helioviewer.org/
Want to find your own comets: http://sungrazer.nrl.navy.mil/