When Roland Emmerich’s “The Day after Tomorrow” premiered in 2004, the film caused a stir in society and the scientific community. His elaborate montage of a huge tsunami into New York City, serial tornadoes in Los Angeles and an Ice Age in Europe alarmed the spectators and angered the scientists, given that all these phenomena occurred at an impossible rate. However, climate change is already a reality beyond Hollywood fiction. So we can say that Emmerich, apart from being a recognized director, has also become a visionary.
Fundamentally, the film seemed to exaggerate what could happen in the northern hemisphere if a vital current in the southern Atlantic circulation collapsed as a result of global warming. And it seems that something similar would be happening, since an unprecedented cold snap is affecting the lives of millions of Americans and it is believed that it could advance to Europe.
Freezing temperatures in the United States
Temperatures in the northern Midwest of the United States have fallen 28 degrees Celsius below normal this week, reaching temperatures of 35 degrees below zero. And if we add gusts of wind to this, the thermal sensation is -51 degrees Celsius.
And this is serious because the National Meteorological Service warns about the brutal conditions that endanger life. In Chicago they have to heat the roads with fire to prevent them from becoming deformed. Not to say that it could register lower temperatures than in Antarctica. According to meteorologists, these anomalous temperatures are due to a climatic phenomenon called “polar vortex”.
A polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the northern hemisphere, which is above the polar region during the winter season. The cold air can advance towards the United States when the polar vortex is more towards the south, arriving occasionally to the south of Canada and to the north of the Plains, the Midwest and the northeast of the United States. However, experts do not know what drives the Arctic cold air mass to the south . Factors such as a rapid air flow, the activity of sunspots or other variables that influence the climate could be the real cause.
The new Ice Age begins
It seems that global warming would be the origin of this climatic madness. However, it seems that it is not only the increase in temperatures. There were four ice ages during the Pleistocene, the last 1.7 million years. The most recent glacial period began to melt 20,000 years ago, and did not retreat from the Great Lakes region until 10,000 years ago.
What caused the ice age and the subsequent warming that ended each ice age? At that time there were not many humans on Earth and there were no vehicles or factories that produced pollution . Some scientists say that we are at the gates of a new mini ice age. The American magazine Newsweek predicted in 1975 a new glacial era in an article entitled “The cooling world (The Cooling World)” . Physicist Frederick Singer acknowledged last year that we are about to witness an ice age, noting that we are currently at the end of a period of cyclical interglacial warming of 10,000 years that will be followed by a glaciation of 100,000 years.
And, in fact, the climate is changing, but cooling more than warming. Cooler temperatures mean shorter season changes, with less food to support a world population much larger than what existed during the last ice age. And those who are concerned with overpopulation on the planet will feel much calmer knowing that Mother Nature has a plan to eliminate the population.
In any case, if this new global warming has really been caused by man, the truth is that it serves to delay the next cooling period or the new ice age for a decade or a century. Perhaps, the scientific community should listen more to those scientists who have been warning of the next ice age for decades . They should stop blaming us all about what is happening on our fragile planet and how the increase in temperatures causes extreme weather events like the ones we are witnessing.
They should practice science, formulate and test hypotheses, keep models that predict accurately and discard everything that does not work. And when they finish with their arrogance, they may recognize reality: that the past returns and that we are facing an irreversible new ice age.
Do you believe you are ready for the new Ice Age? Or are you one of those who believes that it is one of the effects of global warming caused by human beings?
Declining Insect Population Could Lead to ‘Collapse of Nature’
Worrying decline in insect populations across the world highlighted in new comprehensive review.
The study, which is based on 73 historical reports, has revealed that the decline in insect populations around the world is happening eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Within the next few decades, as much as one third of all insect species could disappear.
Butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and aquatic insects are thought to be most at risk of going extinct.
“Our work reveals dramatic rates of decline that may lead to the extinction of 40 per cent of the world’s insect species over the next few decades,” the researchers wrote.
“From our compilation of published scientific reports, we estimate the current proportion of insect species in decline (41 per cent) to be twice as high as that of vertebrates, and the pace of local species extinction (10 per cent) eight times higher, confirming previous findings.”
A combination of factors including habitat loss, pollution, global warming and over hunting are believed to be responsible for this decline.
The outlook is worsened by the fact that insects are an important part of the world’s ecosystems, meaning that their disappearance will have dire consequences for other species.
“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” the researchers wrote.
“The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.”
Scientists warn that a zombie virus of animal origin could spread to humans.
Zombies have occupied a special place in our culture. Currently, they are part of the main comics, TV series and movies, showing a certain charm that is difficult to pin down. However, most people who consume this type of material are not aware of the real danger of a real zombie apocalypse. After all, this is a world of fiction, right? However, there have been countless debates about how an actual outbreak of zombies could occur, and in many cases, it is well-founded and based on plausible scenarios supported by science as we know it.
One way a zombie outbreak can occur is through a virus or other disease that dramatically alters the behavior of your host. Perhaps the best known example is the rabies virus, a highly virulent and deadly disease that infects a wide variety of specimens, spreading through body fluids such as saliva, usually in the form of bites from infected animals. After infection, the host presents numerous symptoms as the disease acts on the central nervous system, which includes anxiety, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, paralysis, involuntary muscle contractions, uncontrolled perspiration or salivation. But the most dangerous symptom is anger, marked by increased agitation, anger, and violence.
It is true that the rabies virus alone is incapable of causing a zombie outbreak, but as we do, in the near future it could evolve into a threat to humanity. But rabies is not the only virus with apocalyptic potential. Now, scientists have warned that a dangerous infectious disease in deer called the “deer zombie virus” has spread to 24 states in the United States, and could spread to humans.
Deer zombie virus
Chronic Attrition Disease (also known as Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD) has affected deer, elk, reindeer, and deer in 24 states and two Canadian provinces since January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. of Diseases (CDC, for its acronym in English).
“We are in a situation of unknown territory,” Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Research and Policy of Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota, told the American newspaper USA Today.
Last week, Osterholm warned his state authorities about possible human impacts.
“It is likely that human cases of chronic diseases related to the consumption of contaminated meat will be documented in the coming years , “ Osterholm explained. “It is possible that the number of human cases is substantial and not isolated events.”
So far there have been no cases of CWD in humans, but studies have shown that it can be transmitted to animals other than deer, including primates , according to the CDC. For humans, eating infected deer meat would be the most likely way to spread to people, but there are other possibilities as well. Estimates show that between 7,000 and 15,000 animals infected with CWD are consumed each year and that number could increase by 20 percent annually, according to Osterholm.
Scientists can not say if CWD will spread to humans, but as time passes and more infected meat is consumed, the likelihood increases. CWD is a type of disease known as prion or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. In deer, CWD spreads through body fluids, tissues, clean water and contaminated food.
The symptoms, which may take more than a year to manifest, include extreme thinness, erratic movements and the loss of fear towards humans . The disease was first identified in captive deer in the late 1960s in Colorado and in wild deer in 1981. The CDC has reported that CWD may be more widespread than previously thought. In addition, they recommend that hunters do not shoot or manipulate deer meat that has strange behavior.
Imminent zombie apocalypse
Undoubtedly this would be the perfect plot for a good movie of zombies, deer that transmit a highly infectious virus to the population. But the truth is quite another, and that is that the threat is more real than it seems. Not to mention that it demonstrates the theory of those scientists who have warned of the real possibility of a zombie outbreak.
And although most people do not care about the unusual situation, the Pentagon takes it very seriously. In fact, in 2011, the US Department of Defense prepared a strategy to combat a more than possible zombie apocalypse . The plan, called “CONOP 8888” , is a 31-page document set in three parts. First, maintain a defensive plan to protect humanity from zombies. Second, establish procedures to eradicate the threat. Third, restore society through martial law.
Zombies are classified into eight categories, ranging from the undead created through bacteria and pathogens in the air to zombies of unknown origin. But the Pentagon is not the only government department that has shown some concern for zombies. The CDC also prepared a reaction plan to a zombie apocalypse.
The truth is that again we can face a fiction that becomes reality, and how governments have been preparing in secret for this moment . We will be very attentive to the next information about this zombie infection, although we hope that the authorities do not hide information, as we have seen in many movies.
Is this the beginning of a zombie apocalypse? Do you already have a plan ready?
10 Safest Countries To Be In If World War 3 Breaks Out
[IP] While World War III is something that NO ONE wants, it can be helpful to consider who the safest countries would be.
Why is it helpful?
Because these are the countries we should be learning from. They’re clearly more peaceful and conductive to world peace than other nations.
And I don’t know about you, but I would feel much better morally if I were from one of the below 10 countries.
Check out this video which explains in detail why each country is a safe haven:
With a strong tradition of neutrality, mountainous terrain, and widespread bunkers, Switzerland is certainly a safe haven.
An island nation deep in the Pacific, making it very remote and isolated. It would likely be ignored if there were world war III. They also produce their own goods as well, making them largely self-sufficient.
8 New Zealand
The Emerald Lakes seen from the Red Crater. This is about half way on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the most impressive walks in New Zealand.
One of the most secluded yet developed nations in the world. It has a stable democracy and isn’t involved in major conflicts.
Despite surrounding India and China, it has a unique location that secludes itself. The country has also maintains no international entanglements.
One of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations. It also shielded by the Indes Mountains.
Iceland is very peaceful and neutral. It also shares no land borders with any other nations.
While Denmark might suffer if a conflict went through Europe, Greenland is remote, mountainous, and politically not aligned.
A tiny island in the Mediterranean. An invasion would be extremely costly and considering its size, would never be be worth it.
Ireland has an independent foreign policy and has a long standing policy of military neutrality.
The remote island nation lies deep in the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean, isolating it from the world. It has a small population and is neutral in foreign affairs.
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