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New Ice age : polar vortex will cause temperatures of 50º below zero in the US

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 new ice age has begun - Scientists warn that a new Ice Age has begun

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.

New ice age has begun - Scientists warn that a new Ice Age has begun

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?

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US Analysts Paints Grim Prospects of US-Russia Nuclear War, 18M Casualties Per Hour 

Moscow has repeatedly cautioned the US against deploying short and medium-range missiles near Russia’s borders in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

American researchers at Princeton University have presented the results of their modelling of the most drastic scenario of a conflict between NATO forces and Russia with the use of nuclear weapons. In a video accompanying the research, called Plan A, the analysts show step by step how the two sides would arrive at almost complete mutual annihilation.

In the opinion of the Princeton researchers, a conventional war would turn nuclear after the sides use tactical nuclear strikes in order to halt the advance of conventional forces. The next step would be a massive nuclear exchange, with Russian aviation practically annihilating Europe and nearby NATO bases, which in turn would fire retaliatory strikes against Russian launch sites.

After this, according to the analysts, Russia and the US would likely use most of the remaining arsenals to destroy each other’s key military objects and would use the remaining nukes to target the most populated cities and economic centres to prevent a rapid recovery. The modelled nuclear war is expected to leave all parties involved devastated.

According to the researchers’ estimations, an overall exchange would take less than five hours in total and leave 34 million dead and 57.4 million injured immediately. This, in turn, means that the projected conflict could result in around 18 million casualties each hour. The analysts added that the numbers would rise after the last strikes due to nuclear fallout and “other long-term effects”.

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The scientists indicated that the simulated stand-off was based on the real nuclear force postures of the countries involved and was made to “highlight the potentially catastrophic consequences of current US and Russian nuclear war plans”.

Tim Korso
Sputniknews

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Asteroid Almost Twice as Big as London’s Shard Tower Heading Toward Earth

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has previously claimed that the Earth has no defense against giant asteroids approaching the planet, with NASA and SpaceX currently developing systems that would help to redirect space rocks from bumping into the Earth.

A monster asteroid larger than the world’s largest buildings, including London’s the Shard, will be passing near the Earth at a speed of 23,112 km per hour on 14 September, Live Science reported, citing the Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).

The huge space rock called 2000 QW7 is approximately measured to be between 290 and 650 meters in diameter, which in comparison to 311-metre the Shard and 828-metre Burj Khalifa seems quite immense.

Nevertheless, it is quite unlikely that the giant will hit the Earth, according to CNEOS, as 2000 QW7 will pass within 0.03564 astronomical units from our planet, which is around 5.3 million km.

As the asteroid, just like our planet, orbits the Sun, the last time it approached the Earth was around 18 years ago, on 1 September 2000, and it is expected to come close again in 2038 (if we survive this time).

Previously Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk had sparked fears about Earth not being able to defend itself against giant asteroids, such as the 99942 asteroid Apophis known as “God of Chaos”, that are considered potentially dangerous if they come within 7.4 million km from Earth, according to space organizations.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA are reportedly working together now on an asteroid redirect mission impeding the arrival of Apophis in April 2029, which will test Earth’s ability to defend itself against giant asteroids.

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Elon Musk Warns ‘God of Chaos’ Asteroid May Hit Earth In 2029

A decade from now, a huge potentially hazardous asteroid, named after the ancient Egyptian deity of evil and destruction, will whizz by the Earth with a one in 45,000 chance of hitting our planet.

NASA has already begun preparations for the impending arrival of asteroid 99942 Apophis, also known as the “God of Chaos”, which will pass within 31,000 kilometres of Earth’s surface on 13 April 2029.

God of Chaos

Set, also known as Seth and Suetekh, was the Egyptian god of war, chaos and storms, brother of Osiris, Isis, and Horus the Elder, uncle to Horus the Younger, and brother-husband to Nephthys. His other consort was the goddess Tawaret, a hippo-headed deity who presided over fertility and childbirth. He is one of the first five gods created by the union of Geb (earth) and Nut (sky) after the creation of the world. His name is usually translated as “instigator of confusion” and “destroyer” and he was associated with disorder, foreign lands and people, and the color red.

Potential danger

Roughly the size of four football fields (approx 340 meters across), if the space rock were to hit Earth, it would smash us with the force of 15,000 nuclear weapons detonating simultaneously.

However, Musk rightly cautions that the entire Apophis narrative is a little overblown: during its close flyby in 2029, the asteroid will come within 37,600km (23,363 miles) of our planet, just a tenth of the distance between Earth and the Moon. Scary but not quite apocalyptic.

The scientists suggest while it will travel more than the width of the full Moon within a minute when it screams past Earth on April 13, 2029, the giant asteroid will more likely provide a magnificent spectacle for stargazers than the doom of all life on Earth.

NASA’s preparations

While NASA scientists have been preparing to study the giant rock as it swings past Earth, one particular space connoisseur has been unfazed by the issue.

Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company CEO, took to Twitter to reassure his pal, podcast host Joe Rogan, who had retweeted an article about the “God of Chaos” that 99942 Apophis was not a subject of concern – for now.

In fact, NASA and Musk’s SpaceX are working together on the space agency’s first spacecraft impact asteroid redirect mission, which will be a key test before the actual need to protect the planet from a giant rock approaching the planet.

Under the so-called Double Asteroid Redirection Test, which is scheduled for June 2021, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets will launch in the direction of asteroid 65803 Didymos (or “Didymain”) and its tiny satellite Didymoon to see if it could redirect the rock from its intended path. To that end, the space agency has paid $69 million to Musk’s venture.

Aside from this, NASA announced earlier this year that it had teamed up with international partners to perform a “tabletop exercise” on how to handle a hypothetical asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

source: sputnik

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