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Global warming just beat the ice age
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.but that's not good news, and Artificial Intelligence may have a role to play in it

By The Christian Science Monitor

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Published: Fri 22 Jan 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 24 Jan 2016, 8:34 AM

A new study suggests climate change may have delayed the next ice age by 50,000 to 100,000 years.
Human interference in the form of burning fossil fue-ls has irrevocably changed Earth's cycles, significantly delaying the next glacial cycle, according to a study published in the journal Nature. "The bottom line is we are basically skipping a whole glacial cycle, which is unprecedented," Andrey Ganopolski, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and a lead author of the study, said. "It is mind-boggling that humankind is able to interfere with a mechanism that shaped the world as we know it."
According to scientists, Earth likely missed the inception of the next ice age by a narrow margin just before the onset of the industrial revolution due to increasing emissions of CO2. And one of the major factors is simply the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Were it not for high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Earth would be due for an ice age, a period of extreme cooling of the climate during which ice sheets cover large swatches of the land.
While it may appear to be good news that humans have successfully delayed the next ice age, it's actually not.
Ice ages significantly shape the landscape and leave behind fertile soil for Earth's civilisations. They carve channels in the Earth, leaving behind rivers and lakes. If the period between ice ages becomes too long, the planet may turn dry and barren. In fact, human interference has irrevocably changed Earth's geological cycles, says Hans Schellnhuber, one of the study's other authors. "Global warming is not a positive trend," John D. Sutter, creator of CNN's 2 degree project, told CNN. "As we pump carbon into the atmosphere at an alarming rate, we are seriously jeopardising the viability of the planet and putting ourselves in very real danger."
- The Christian Science Monitor

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