mankind has a choice
I say fortunately,
because if the Ice Age Theory of the
Milankovitch Cycles reflected reality, we would have no choice. We
would see ourselves subjected to climatic conditions created by cyclical
changes in the way the Earth orbits the Sun. Thank God this theory is
false, or else we would have no hope.
If we become sensitive
to how the Universe operates and move with its principles (and leave the
old nations behind us), we begin to discern that we have much greater
freedoms to direct our existence than we ever dared to hope for. When this
happens we will discover that the big climate changes are not the result
of changes in the Earth's orbit, but reflect changes in the electric power
flux density that powers our sun. Our sun is not a nuclear fusion engine
that is self-powered, steady as she goes, afloat in royal isolation in a
lonely speck of space. Instead the Sun is powered by vast plasma electric
currents that pervade the galaxy, which itself is powered by even larger
electric power flows which tie all the galaxies together with large
networks of such power flows that pervade the cosmos in the form of
endless filaments of power interwoven likes stands of the foal upon the
sea. It has only been possible quite recently to actually see these filaments
of power (faintly) that line the galaxies up into a row like pearls on a
The point is, that
since the Universe is electrically powered, including our galaxy, and our
sun within it - which exists within an interacting spiral maze (as below)
that powers 200-400 billion suns and is always in motion, one might expect
a few fluctuations within this maze that. Considering that the maze of our
Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 light years across, one would expect long term
electric power-flux cycles to be a common occurrence, which of course
would also affect the orbits of the planets in our little solar system..
how can we defend ourselves against the recurring ice ages in this vast
maze of ever changing cycles of electric power flux?
Our defense lies in
understanding what causes the ice age effects. The climate on earth is
determined to a large extend by snow cover and cloud formation, which
determines how much of the incoming solar energy is reflected back into
space. Where there are no clouds and snow the Earth is dark, so that the incoming
heat is retained. If you look closely as the landscape below (seen from
space at the ISS) you will notice just a slight difference in the
whiteness of clouds and open snow cover.
Cloud formation takes
place in the troposphere. One of the active factors in the process of
cloud formation, perhaps the largest of them, is the ionization of
particles in the atmosphere caused by its interaction with cosmic
radiation, The ionization increases the attraction by which water vapor
molecules to combine into cloud droplets. It is known from measurements
taken in a cave in which a large stalactite grew since before the end of
the last Ice Age, that during the end of the last Ice Age the cosmic ray
flux had been twice as dense as it is toady, which would have resulted in
a greater intensity of the cloud formation process. The 'using up' of the
fine water vapor would have thereby also lowered the greenhouse effect of
the atmosphere, which is furnished by water vapor, up to 97% of it. The
greenhouse effect moderates our climate. Without it no life would likely
exist on Earth. This reduced effect of it, combined with the increased
reflectivity of the Earth, would dramatically cool the terrestrial
climate, to the point of causing ice ages. It appears that there is
something we can do about that.
we prevent the ice ages from happening?
Hopefully, we can. We
evidently have no control over the cosmic-radiation flux density. The
intensity of the solar activity controls that, which affects the
'strength' of the heliosphere around it, that attenuates the incoming
cosmic radiation from space. None of this is under our control. However,
there is a small factor located in the middle of all that, which is a part
of the ionization process. And this is a factor that we might be able to
seen from the ISS
Above the thin haze of
the Earth's atmosphere lies the ionosphere that in some regions of it is
intensely electrified. From it extends an electric field down to the
ground. The cloud forming ionization happens within this electric field
and is evidently enhanced by it. It appears possible to create a plasma
channel that extends into the electricity-intense region of the ionosphere
and draw power from it as an electricity source for our utilization on
Earth. (see: Absolute Power - Solar Power) While drawing power away from
the ionosphere, though much of it would constantly be replenished, it might be possible to draw enough from it to lower
its electric field intensity and thereby reduce the ionization process.
That's a long shot, but so far the only one with any reasonable promise.
It should certainly be possible on this basis, to not only open up an infinite electric
power resource for mankind's use, but also to regulate the process that
leads to ice ages, in order to prevent them. The principles for this to be
possible do all exist. Only the details for how to do it need yet to be
discovered and the technologies be created.
potential adds up to a long shot, and not something that is easily done.
But what is the
alternative? Can we afford to let the next Ice Age happen? The resulting devastation
promises to be worse than a nuclear war. Sure, it is possible for the
affected populations to migrate away from the ice bound regions, even to
relocate entire nations, and as many as a dozen of them, which may become necessary
when the coming Ice Age cannot be blocked, and also to create vast
infrastructures for indoor agriculture to assure mankind's continuing food
supply. Certainly, all of this can be done. Indeed, some of it should be
created anyway. But letting things come that far is not a good solution.
It would be far better to prevent the next ice age cycle from occurring,
that is already looming on the horizon, by taking the steam out of what
appears however, that we are well prepared for such a quest.
One of the
difficulties in exploring the ionosphere is that it is almost
inaccessible. It is located too high to be explored by balloons, and too
low to be accessible by satellites. The International Space Station, the
world's laboratory in space, might become a useful platform for exploring
this exotic sphere beneath its wings. It might also extend the life of the
station for a few decades, which NASA had announced it wants to de-orbit
in the middle of the decade.
The International Space Station (NASA)