Scientist Warns Ice Age
Could Start In Five Years
A leading scientist has revealed that Europe could be just five
years away from the start of a new Ice Age.
While climate change campaigners say global warming is the planet's
biggest danger, renowned physicist Vladimir Paar says most of
central Europe will soon be covered in ice.
The freeze will be so complete that people will be able to walk
from England to Ireland or across the North Sea from Scotland
to northern Europe.
Professor Paar, from Croatia's Zagreb University, has spent decades
analysing previous ice ages in Europe and what caused them.
"Most of Europe will be under ice, including Germany, Poland,
France, Austria, Slovakia and a part of Slovenia," said the
professor in an interview with the Index.hr.
"Previous ice ages lasted about 70,000 years. That's a fact
and the new ice age can't be avoided.
"The big question is what will happen to the people of the
Central European countries which will be under ice?
"They might migrate to the south, or might stay, but with
a huge increase in energy use," he warned.
"This could happen in five, 10, 50 or 100 years, or even
later. We can't predict it precisely, but it will come,"
And the professor said that scientists think global warming is
simply a natural part of the planet.
"What I mean is that global warming is natural. Some 130,000
years ago the earth's temperature was the same as now, the level
of CO2 was almost the same and the level of the sea was four metres
"They keep warning people about global warming, but half
of America no longer believes it as they keep freezing,"
And he added: "The reality is that mankind needs to start
preparing for the ice age. We are at the end of the global warming
period. The ice age is to follow. The global warming period should
have ended a few thousands of years ago, we should have already
been in the ice age. Therefore we do not know precisely when it
could start but soon."
The Zagreb based scientist says it will still be possible for
man to survive in the ice age, but the spending on energy will
"Food production also might be a problem. It would need
to be produced in greenhouses with a lot of energy spent to heat
it", commented the professor, who remains optimistic despite
He said: "The nuclear energy we know today will not last
longer than 100 years as we simply do not have enough uranium
in the world to match the needs in an ice age. But I'm still optimistic.
There is the process of nuclear fusion happening on the Sun. The
fuel for that process is hydrogen and such a power plant is already
worked on in France as a consortium involving firms from Marseille
and the European Union, the US, Russia, China, Japan and South
Korea. The head of the project is a Japanese expert, and former
Japanese ambassador in Croatia", Vladimir Paar revealed.
He said the building of the new technology power plant will take
at least another 10 years.
"In 40 years we'll know how it functions. That would be
a solution that could last for thousands of years. We have a lot
of hydrogen and the method is an ecological one", the professor
February 11, 2010