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Climate Change This Week: Ice Age on Hold

The next ice age “has now been delayed indefinitely.” At least that’s what the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee wants you to think. In a new report, the committee says that — assuming the earth was largely controlled by natural factors — the next ice age would arrive within the next 1,500 years. But thanks to you, oh noble polluter, that time stamp is now indefinite.

As usual, the report contained some irony. When discussing the “scientists'” warning of a coming ice age in the 1970s, the authors went on the defensive: “An enduring myth about climate science is that in the 1970s the climate science community was predicting ‘global cooling‘ and an ‘imminent’ ice age.” Well, there was in fact strong agreement in the scientific community about an imminent ice age. The paper followed up by…

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