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Could a Pole Shift Happen Fast?

While the danger of a “pole shift” (as described in researcher John White’s best-selling book of that name) was once cause for public alarm and dire warnings, in recent years the threat has been discounted. While a catastrophic change in the angle of the axis about which our planet turns no longer worries most scientists, a change in Earth’s magnetic poles is considered not only possible but also inevitable. And while, up until recently, a shift in the magnetic poles was thought to be a long-term event requiring thousands of years, new research indicates it could happen in a single human lifetime. Such a change, which last occurred almost 800,000 years ago, could do much more than change the direction of our compass needles.

New measurements of the magnet field alignments in the strata of an Italian lake have led to a paper by scientists from Italy, France, Columbia University and the University of California, published in the Geophysical Journal in July. Earth’s magnetic field, they say, appears now to be in the process of flipping and has been decreasing in intensity at a rate 10 times faster than normal.

While no one knows exactly the effects of such a shift, some experts are predicting that it will impact cancer rates and the electrical grid. Moreover, since such an event could change the ability of the earth’s magnetic field to block cosmic rays, it could result in genetic mutations. Other unpredictable effects on biological organisms like us might also result.

 

Antarctic Sea Ice Expanding Dramatically

In October, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that noted meteorologist, John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, in an open letter to the U.N. wrote, “There is NO climate crisis. Man-made global warming is a lie and not backed up by science.”

Indeed, from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, it can be learned that the world stopped getting warmer over 18 years ago. The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until now, there has been no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures, indeed, if anything, there could have been a slight decline. Nonetheless, “climate change” (global warming) authorities deny that world temperatures could be falling. One thing that cannot be disputed, though, is that sea ice around Antarctica has been growing—breaking records, in fact. Similar ice increases have also been noted in the Arctic and in some glacial areas. The explanation for this mystery, at least in Antarctica, is that shifting pressure and winds are driving ice formations—exceedingly big ones.

In the meantime, scientists have recovered pictures of Antarctica from the early 1960s taken by the Nimbus satellite. Touted as a significant source of data from a time in which technology was inferior to today’s, the photos are considered invaluable. Curiously, ancient maps, such as the Piri Riis, accurately showing an Antarctica apparently free of ice, suggests to some the existence of pre-ice civilization; so maybe the 1960-vintage satellite photos will enlighten us about another forgotten world existing before science worshipped the angry gods of man-made global warming.