While few continue to debate that climate change is occurring, most tend to focus on the negative effects of global warming, I say that there are benefits to global warming. The warmer the planet gets, within reason, will delay the next ice age. It is agreed that we are in an interglacial period, global warming is extending the current interglacial period. Also, global warming means milder winters. In fact, with global warming, temperatures across the globe could be more equitable and less volatile. With milder winters and warmer climates, could the world’s food supply increase? As the polar icecaps melt, shipping would be safer as icebergs would be less of an issue.
In general, humans do better in extreme heat than extreme cold, a lot more of us live around the warm equator than the frigid poles. So it makes sense that global warming wouldn't be nearly the disaster that, say, a new Ice Age would be. Especially when you take into account the fact that we've yet to find crops that like to grow under three feet of ice.
A new Ice Age isn't the stuff of science fiction, either. These cooling periods have happened at least four times that we know about, caused by slight changes in the Earth's orbit around the Sun that happen from time to time. It's a regular cycle. Our current warming is not, however, part of that cycle. Right now we should be cooling down, but thanks to those brave souls who refuse to give up Hummers, make coal plants to produce electricity and build factories without air scrubbers, we're not. This may not be all bad news, if the warming will wind up delaying or blunting the effects of the next Ice Age, as some experts think it will.
Of course, some might call this a draw as we may be trading an Ice Age for living on an overheated desert planet where everyone has to wear suits that make us drink our recycled pee and take sandworms to commute to work in the Spice mines where our boss is Sting in a diaper ala Frank Herbert’s “Dune”.
In other words,...