“Global cooling and related rapid changes of environment, substantially exceeding the fluctuations experienced by man in historical times, can be expected with the next few millennia; perhaps even centuries,” according to a commentary on the Providence meeting by George J. Kukla of Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory in New York, R. K. Matthews of Brown University, and J. Murray Michell Jr. of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


— Snow banks cover areas of Baffin Island today which were seasonally snow-free 30 or 40 years before the present cooling, J. T. Andrews and his colleagues at the University of Colorado at Boulder report. Similarly, pack ice around Iceland is once again becoming the serious hindrance to navigation it was during the “little ice age” of the 17th and 18th centuries.

— C. Bertrand Schultz of the University of Nebraska State Museum at Lincoln finds that warmth-loving animals, such as the armadillos which expanded northward into the American Midwest in the first half of this century, are now retreating southward again.


Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen