Crippling blizzards, snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures threaten a yearly dose of Arctic misery for the next FIFTY YEARS at least - and possibly decades more. Climate experts warn a rare pattern of water cooling in the north Atlantic will trigger a chain reaction of events leading to a “fully-blown ice age”.
Another driver will be a dramatic reduction in solar energy output.
'What is the reason for the lack of warming observed at the surface of the Earth since about 1997? Many causes have been proposed, and with increasing frequency, but most only represent partial explanations.' 'The ocean heat content is not behaving as some expected. (The past 10 years the oceans) shows no warming in upper most layers. If the heat is there, it must be deeper, far harder to detect. And possibly locked away for thousands of years.'
Easterbrook: 'It really isn’t a mystery at all, it was predicted in 1999 on the basis of consistent, recurring patterns of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) and global climate.'
'The heat is still coming in, but it appears to have gone into the deep ocean and, frustratingly, we do not have the instruments to measure there,' said Professor Ted Shepherd of Reading University. 'Global warming has certainly not gone away.'