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Ice Planet Earth
A Rolf A. F. Witzsche Exploration Production produced in honour of the Belt and Road Forum for international cooperation May 14-15, in Beijing, China, with images from the closing gala performance of the Belt and Road Forum
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The Earth is our world, and it is changing.
What we call our history, or the history of our civilization, was developed during a tiny part of the long dawn of humanity. This dawn takes us back in time more than two million years.
Our world has been a paradise of easy living for a small part of those 2 million years, the interglacial, such as we presently enjoy.
Our world has also been a harsh place for most of that time, with so much of it covered with snow and ice that the ocean levels had dropped by 400 feet. Only a few people had been able to survive through the harsh times so that less than 10 million people emerged from the last Ice Planet period.
At the present time - as our world is about to become an ice planet again in the near future - we find ourselves challenged to get ready for the harsh time ahead, and this with a seven billion world population, and to prosper therein.
The problem that we face is, that no one remembers the harsh times when our home had been a virtual ice planet, not even the last one that ended only 12,000 years ago, which will be upon us again in the near future. Too few had survived to tell us about it. No written languages had existed for their messages to be conveyed.
We can't even imagine those hash times that were quite unlike the paradise world that we presently enjoy, but which is now fast coming to a close. This means that without historic experiences, our future unfolds as a puzzle.
Oh yes, we can look at ice samples that we have drilled out of glaciers, and speculate about what has caused the evidence. Such speculation abounds. But what is the truth?
We need to discover the truth urgently, since our world, the Earth, is about to become an Ice Planet once again in the not-so-distant future. To discover the truth, science offers the only pathway that we can have to ascertain what we will face in the times ahead, and how soon this will be, and what foundation we must create in order to turn the future Ice Planet Earth into a still richer paradise than we presently have.
The evidence that science provides is imperative. Science enables us to read 'the writing on the wall.
The evidence is measurable and observable. It is historic in nature, and it is also experienced anew. It is both astrophysical and terrestrial. Its consequences are already affecting us.
We can reach into the past and into the future and draw them together to determine the present. We can do this by discerning principles that no eye has ever seen, but which the mind can behold and understand, and can recognize their consequences and potentials for out living
The astrophysical move is on. The Ice Planet Earth is no longer a hypothetical issue of academic concern related to distant times. The transition is already in progress. It is happening in the present time frame. We can't get away from it, not really.
With the cultural history of China being one of the oldest in the world, China may also have the potential to link us forward into the times ahead.
We need this potential and need to develop it, because the Earth has already begun to move towards its the phase shift that leads to an ice world with an uncertain future that no one has experienced before, nor is willing to face.
We need to prepare our world for what only science can ultimately reveal, even while the extend of the science challenge is still far from being understood itself, and the little that is understood is so scary to contemplate that we'd rather run away from the challenge, than face it.
Indeed, it would be scary if we, humanity, hadn't discovered the power within us as human beings to meet the tallest challenge with intelligence, technologies, economic processes, and productive cooperation.
With this power, that we have, we have the potential at hand to turn the harshest ice world into the richest paradise, far richer than anything we presently have.
So, let us celebrate our power, and with it celebrate ourselves, and as we do so, let us engage one another to meet the Ice Age Challenge that no one can meet alone, nor survive standing alone.
China stands at the leading edge on the path of developing the human power. It stands at the leading edge with its commitment to advancing worldwide cooperative economic development. This means that the brightest form of cultural optimism in the world, presently flows from China.
Let me warn you at this point, that this video does NOT present a mythic tale, nor an apocalyptic tale.
The Ice Age Challenge is neither mythic nor apocalypic. It is real. It is in progress. And it is a challenge that can be met.
The Ice Age Challenge poses the greatest, scientific, technological, humanist, economic, and political challenge in the entire history of humanity.
The Ice Age Challenge also poses a cultural challenge of the highest order. It takes beauty, music, poetry, song, literature and art, to inspire the human soul to shine and to master the infinite. With these, we will win. Without them, we will fail. But why should we fail? We are standing today on the richest platform that has ever been developed, or at least we created the beginning of it.
A grand beginning was staged in Beijing on the 14th and 15th of May in 2017 in the form of the 'Belt and Road Forum' that has been referred to as, "making history." It has also been referred to as a civilization-wide project for the future of mankind,' and a 'phase change for humanity.
With this type of beginning we cannot fail to win. One might call the initiative, "a powerful start in the right direction." It is that, because it reflects one of the greatest principles of civilization, the principle of the Peace of Westphalia.
In 1648, the discovered principle was termed 'the principle of the advantage of the other.' The nations of Europe had been fighting each other for 100 years. No one had gained anything thereby. Half of the populations has been murdered. The leaders said to each other, let's turn this thing around. Instead of killing one-another, let's promote what is of the advantage of the other, and thereby gain peace that we all need, and must have to to able to develop ourselves as human beings. And this they did.
This principle, that the leaders had committed themselves to in 1648, had ended a hundred years of war at the time.
The treaty became known as The Treaty of Westphalia. Its principle still stands as a foundational principle of civilization.
In China, the basic principle was put on the map again, prominently, and formally, in 2013, as the "win-win principle" that stands behind China "Belt and Road" initiative that promises to uplift the world. The initiative is modeled after the historic Silk Road by land and by sea. The Silk Road had developed the regions along its path. It had created a belt of prosperity.
The modern expression of the Westphalia Principle of 1648, in the form of continent-wide cooperative universal economic development, is what humanity urgently needs as a starting platform for building itself a new world in the tropics. The future of humanity depends on its ability to relocate itself into the tropics before the Earth becomes an Ice Planet. This means that the future of humanity is decided in the present.
It is decided with the building of new infrastructures in the tropics for meeting the Ice Age Challenge that already looms on the horizon.
Anything less than the widest implementation of the historic and modern 'win-win' principle, won't make the grade for meeting the Ice Age Challenge, which no one stands exempted from.
The new Ice Age before us is not apocalyptic in nature. It only becomes so by default if we fail to make the grade.
However, if we do make the grade and win, we create ourselves the brightest future ahead of us. So, why should we fail? To fail is unthinkable. The winning has already begun.
The winning is rooted in universal love for one another as human beings, and its expression in the humanity in which we are One. We bring to each other our love and let its power uplift the world. This is the highest form of the Westphalia Principle, even a step beyond the "win-win" principle pioneered by China. With it, as One, we cannot fail. The One, unfolding silently, will shape the politics of the world. In due course the Ice Planet reality will shape everything, even how we relate to one another. The Ice Planet future is real. The orientation towards it lays before us. The outcome can be a renaissance or an apocalypse. The present apparent movement is towards building an Ice Planet Renaissance.
An Ice Planet Renaissance is anti-apocalyptic in nature.
Apocalyptic predictions invoke the capitulation by society to tales of catastrophes that humanity is said to be unable to avoid and unable to survive, such as predictions of asteroid impacts, or planetoids colliding with the Earth, and so on.
Other, 'end of the world apocalyptic myths" are based on religious mysticism, or nuclear war predictions, or pseudo science scares of imagined magnetic pole reversal consequences on the Earth, and so on and on.
One of the latest pseudo science apocalyptic scares is the prediction of the start of the next Ice Age to be resulting from Manmade Global Warming that causes the melting of the Arctic ice sheet, and subsequently of the Greenland ice sheet.
It is theorized in this fantasy that the resulting melt-waters would reduce the salinity of the North Atlantic ocean and thereby stop the Gulf Stream from flowing, with the effect that the cold of the Arctic would sweep southward and start a deep Ice Age that wipes entire countries off the map.
This global-warming-ice-age type of story is told in a 3-hour movie drama that ends with the United Kingdom ceasing to exist in the space of a few days as the climate change dumps tens of feet of snow onto the British Isles, with temperatures falling to 40-below. The evacuation of the 71 million people living in the UK becomes thereby impossible.
The Ice Planet Renaissance IS development oriented
The coming Ice Age cannot be apocalyptic in nature, because its dynamics are recognizable well in advance. Its timing is scientifically predictable. Its consequences are intelligently avoidable. Its discovered science evidence can be measured, experienced, understood, and be replicated. The knowledge gained in science, gleamed from the evidence in physical phenomena enables humanity to prepare itself well for the recognized consequences, and this long before they happen.
But what precisely do we need to prepare for? What defines an Ice Age or an Ice Planet? Can we meet the challenge? Can we understand it sufficiently to be effective to prepare for it?
The answer is simple. An Ice Age begins when the Sun powers down to a low-power state. That's a natural function in plasma-flow physics, with cosmic consequences.
When this happens, the Sun's surface temperature collapses from the current 5,800 degrees Kelvin, to roughly 4,000 degrees. This means that 70% less solar energy is radiated by the Sun. As a consequence, the Earth becomes a radically different world. It becomes to a large degree an Ice Planet. Snow and Ice then cover our world from the poles all the way to the tropics. The phasing-down of the Sun will happen quickly, according to the principles involved; possibly within just a few days.
The climate will respond to the reduced solar energy being radiated. It will respond relatively quickly. The areas outside the tropics become unsuitable thereby, for human habitation. The tropics themselves become temperate, and marginal for agriculture.
It is existentially critical for humanity that the underlying Ice Age dynamics become understood, instead of theM being hidden as they presently are.
If the Ice Planet dynamics are understood, civilization will be secure. In this case humanity will prepare itself for the new world and live and prosper in it.
If the Ice Planet dynamics are not understood, no preparations are made, whereby civilization ends when the phase shift happens, so that the existence of much of humanity ends with it as the result of society having trapped itself into uninhabitable lands. That the kind of scenario that the movie, ICE 2020, illustrates.
The Ice Planet Challenge is a large challenge, but one that can be met. This recognition that it can be met, all by itself, has the potential to inspire far-reaching actions, and to prompt deep reaching developments in society towards a future without fear.
The knowing that we have the power to win the Ice Planet Challenge, takes us far outside the dream land of mystic predictions of impotence and submission to a predetermined fate. When humanity becomes awake scientifically, nothing is ever predetermined. No challenge, when it was scientifically understood, has ever defeated us in the past. We can only defeat ourselves by rejecting the challenge. But why should we? The scientific challenge that makes us creators and builders for an an Ice Planet World, isn't that great a challenge at all.
Ice Ages, or Ice Planet events, are rare on the Earth
During the last 450 million years, only 3 major deep glaciation periods have occurred. The current glaciation period began some 50 million years ago and became progressively colder, untill in the modern period the big ice ages began roughly 2 million years ago, termed the Pleistocene Epoch.
The Pleistocene Epoch is also the timeframe of the development of humanity. We may have seen dozens of ice ages on the path of our growing up. No doubt, we met great challenges along this path. In later times, the Earth became an Ice Planet to a large extend during the glaciation periods.
We came out of the last Ice Age as the 8th human species, and the only one remaining. The rest didn't make the grade and perished in one of the many previous ice ages.
Homo erectus was the longest-lived of the human species, but it too, became extinct.
Homo erectus is believed to have had its beginning 1.9 million years ago, and perished during the prolonged deep glaciation during the previous Ice Age that ended roughly 140,000 years ago. It is believed that the entire human species may have stood at the edge of extinction at this time, with some of the last remaining living at Pinnacle Point at the southern tip of Africa.
Archaeology tells us that the entire human population appears to have dwindled in numbers from 10,000 to just a few hundred during the second half of the precious Ice Age, between 200,000 years ago to roughly 140,000 years ago. It is suggested that the whole of humanity may be offspring of this small remnant.
It is interesting to note that humanity was largely an apocalyptic species until recent times, meaning that it had not developed the means previous to our time, to artificially create its own world to supersede the diminishing natural world.
(Scientific American, Vol. 25, No 4,Autum 2016, p.32)
The marginal success of the survivors at Pinnacle Point was not a 'created' success, The survival had succeeded by the natural world bringing sufficient resources to the shore during even the harshest time when the winter sea ice from Antarctica may have extended all the way to Africa.
The image charts sea surface oxygen concentration, which by being temperature sensitive, can stand as a proxy for potential sea ice distribution during an Ice Age. The blue line would represent the maximum extend of winter sea ice, and the green areas of summer sea ice. Both correspond with known extents during glaciation. The extended sea ice may have brought fish and sea mammal to the shores of Africa that saved humanity at a time from near extinction.
This means that the rescue happened passively.
Only in modern time, and for the first time ever, does the capability finally exist in humanity to actively create itself a new world as required. For the first time in the entire history of life on Earth has the scientific and technological capability been developed, and also the economic capability, for humanity to create itself an artificial world that the harshest conditions on our Ice Planet cannot affect. This created capability renders humanity an anti-apocalyptic species.
Animals are apocalyptic in nature. When apocalyptic circumstances develop, animal species become extinct. They lack the power to create themselves a new world that the changing circumstances cannot affect. During the ice ages of the Pleistocene Epoch, numerous species of large animals over 40 kg in weight became extinct, as if they never existed. The specific reason remains open to speculation, with climate change being the most likely cause. We ourselves came close to being extinct by the deep ice age climate effects of the previous Ice Age.
We now have the capability to step away from the apocalyptic trap. We have the capability developed to create ourselves a new world in which WE can survive the conditions of an Ice Planet, and prosper therein, and to develop ourselves further.
For example, we have the capability developed to create ourselves an artificial world afloat across the equatorial sea, in grand style, with floating agriculture, thousands of floating cities, serviced by a world-bridge spanning the oceans. Afloat on the ocean, flooding can't happen, droughts are not possible, earthquakes don't affect us.
While such an extensive project has never been done before, or even been considered, we do have the capability for it at hand. And by having this capability we are no longer doomed to massively perish as we had been repeatedly in previous times, as during the last Ice Age that we had emerged from with a mere 1-10 million world population.
Yes, this minuscule world population was all that we had to our credit at the end of the last Ice Age after more than 2 million years of growing up. Now we number 7 billion. The challenge that we face today, is to maintain our 7 billion world population when the next glaciation phase begins in potentially the 2050s, or maybe sooner, and then to advance us further. We have the power to do this, but will we do it?
We live in a dream-world today, in many respects, and may not wake up. Our climate is an anomaly, while we dream that it is normal. During the last half million years of the modern glaciation epoch, which we have ice samples for in the Antarctic ice sheet, 85% of the time had been terribly cold. That's the real normal climate.
As I said before, during this time so much ice gets piled up on land that the ocean surface gets lowered by 400 feet.
Only during the remaining 15% of the last half-million years, between the glaciation periods, had the Earth experienced the type of warm climate anomaly that we presently experience, which is in the process of ending.
Ice core samples of the Greenland ice sheet tell us that the difference between glacial conditions and interglacial conditions is enormously large, probably beyond what we can imagine.
Since our civilization developed exclusively during the current interglacial period, that is itself a climate-anomaly, no records exist of what had been experienced in prior times during the deep cold glacial climate as we will experience again when the current interglacial holiday ends.
In comparison with the Little Ice Age in the 1600s, which was roughly a half a degree colder than the current global average temperature, we will experience a 20 degrees drop in temperature when the Ice Age begins anew. And we will likely experience this deep cooling extremely fast, as fast as the Sun reverts back to its low-power state.
In the illustration shown here, the historic start-up of the previous Ice Age has been projected forward to our time, to indicate what lays ahead. In the resulting comparison the Little Ice Age barely shows up. The difference is that large. That's what we need to prepare ourselves for.
The Greenland ice core records also tell us that enormously large and sharply changing climate oscillations have occurred during the last ice age, oscillating between deep glacial conditions and near interglacial conditions, in intervals of 1470 years. That the oscillations are not local anomalies, but are global phenomena, has been verified by comparing ice samples from widely separated areas of the Greenland ice sheet. The results from both areas are shown overlaid here. The red graph is from a southern area on the Greenland ice sheet, and the blue graph from a drilling project further north.
Nothing but the Sun has the power to cause these enormously fast and enormously large climate fluctuations. The Sun can do this by oscillating between its high-powered mode of operation, and its low-powered glacial mode.
Ice Age Phase Shift as fast as by the flick of a switch
With the Sun being a sphere of plasma that is externally powered by interstellar plasma streams flowing into it, which are subject to cosmic fluctuations, the onset of ice age conditions can be incurred extremely rapidly, as rapidly as flicking a switch.
Our Sun is a sphere of plasma that interacts with interstellar plasma. The interstellar plasma flows in streams that become electromagnetically self-aligned and compressed by magnetic fields. The compressing fields have been termed, the Primer Fields.
The primer fields are magnetic in nature. The magnetic fields form with the movement of plasma. The magnetic geometry that enables the fields to compress plasma around a Sun, requires a minimal rate of flow and plasma density. If the threshold rate is not met, the fields do not form. Inversely, if the plasma streams fall below the minimal threshold density, the operating fields collapse.
In actual operation our Sun appears to be powered by multiple sets of nested electromagnetic primer fields. When the interstellar plasma density falls below the threshold that is required for all of the stages to operate, the most vulnerable of the stages can then no longer be maintained. It ceases to function. The result is that the Sun falls back to a lesser energetic state, a type of default state. When this happens the Ice Age begins on Earth. We are close to that.
Our Sun, is currently in the high-powered mode. However, it is a mediocre star among stars, with a surface temperature of only 5,800 degrees Kelvin in its high-powered mode.
Most stars in the galaxy operate in the 4,000 degrees range. The 4,000 degrees range appears to be a kind of default state.
Even some supergiant stars operate in the 4,000 degrees range and below, like for example, the star UY Scuti, which operates at a surface temperature of 3,300 degrees Kelvin.
When our Sun defaults to this low-temperature stage in the range of 4,000 degrees, it will radiate 70% less energy. The large reduction has enormous effects, but it still enables life to exist in the tropics where the exposure to the Sun is the greatest. While the spectrum of the sunlight shifts slightly to the red, there is enough left for photosynthesis to continue.
We are not at this low-power point yet, but we may be in 30 Years.
When the transition happens, it likely happens in the space of hours or days, from the moment on when one of the sets of the Sun's Primer Fields has collapsed. The collapse remains final when it happens. It takes a large increase in interstellar plasma density, flowing through the solar system, for the collapsed primer fields to form anew.
From the point when the collapse of the Primer Fields happens, the full Ice Age glaciation state begins. The Earth becomes a different world, typically for 100,000 years in duration. Most of the regions outside the tropics become covered with snow when the Ice Age begins, and be gripped with deep sub-zero temperatures. Canada, the northern USA, Russia, Europe, northern India, and northern China, loose their agriculture and become uninhabitable to a large degree. The Earth becomes an ice planet with a green cumber band in the middle, roughly 5,000 Km wide.
Whether the affected nations will survive as nations, depends on their ability to relocate themselves into the save zone before the ice age begins, potentially near the equator. For this 6,000 new cities will be required, for a million people each, with new agricultures, and new industries, mostly laid afloat across the equatorial seas.
The populations that remained in the glacial zone would cease to exist. Large-scale rescue efforts are likely not possible under the then ensuing extreme 'global' conditions. Nor would the people have a place to go to if the required new cities hadn't been built. Neither would the agriculture exist to nourish them, if the new agriculture hadn't been created in the new world in the tropics.
This doesn't mean that the Ice Age start-up is apocalyptic in nature. When the dynamics of the operation of the solar system are understood, and the tell-tale evidence is scientifically recognized, it becomes easily possible for humanity to move with the dynamics of the universe and build itself the needed 6,000 new cities in the tropics that its relocation would require, together with the new agricultures and industries. For the lack of suitable land in the tropics, the new infrastructures would be placed afloat onto the equatorial seas, together with floating agricultures.
All of this is possible. It can be created in the few decades that we have still left. In fact, it would be surprising if the new infrastructures would not be built, because the collapse of the solar system has already begun.