Fire & Ice

Scoresby Sund, East Greenland, July, 1970
Scoresby Sund, East Greenland, July, 1970 from Wikipedia, J. Finkelstein

Fire and Ice  – a poem by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Still Popular

This little jingle penned back in the twenties by one of America’s favorite poets, still remains popular, even today. Perhaps with the ongoing debate about global warming and climate change,  this nine-letter stanza is seeing a rebirth of its own. Even so, the short poem has turned out to be one of the most popular of all of Robert’s Frost work. I guess this goes to show that bigger is not better.

Ice Age Now

Not to long ago, while researching an article on underwater volcanoes for the content mill, I came across a website called Ice Age Now. This is definitely one place, on the web that sing the accolades of “Global Warming”. Instead, they put forth the proposition that the planet is about to enter a Mini-Ice Age similar to what was experienced a 1,000 years ago. Furthermore, climate on earth is controlled much more by the sunspot activity and the resultant radiation (or lack thereof), rather than man’s activity on the planet. Evidence is cited from around the world to back up their claim. For example just this week they mentioned a three foot blizzard in southern Chile (its winter down there), a blizzard in the mountains of China (that’s definitely odd and unusual) and earthquakes at the Katla volcano in Iceland (they were very small, 3.8 was the biggest. Absent from this weeks news flashes was the heat wave in the Central U.S.

“It’s a cycle, it’s a cycle, it’s a cycle”

No, this is not a quote from somebody watching the Tour de France, but rather the slogan from some observers of  our global weather at Ice Age Now. Nonetheless, predictions about world weather patterns and not something to be put forth lightly. Case in point is the famous Krakatoa volcano, which put so much ash into the atmosphere that the weather patterns around the world were affected.  Could man be capable of the same thing today. I think so, but pinpointing cause and effect in such matters is not easily accomplished. Some days like today when temperatures are sky high, I ponder whether the earth is getting too warm. Maybe a chain of monster volcanoes going off will cool the planet down. But then who knows what next January will bring.

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