The oldest ever recovered DNA samples have been collected from under more than a mile of Greenland ice, and their analysis suggests the island was much warmer during the last Ice Age than previously thought.
The DNA is proof that sometime between 450,000 and 800,000 years ago, much of Greenland was especially green and covered in a boreal forest that was home to alder, spruce and pine trees, as well as insects such as butterflies and beetles.
But how can that be? It's hotter now than it's ever been in the history of the planet! Earth rests in the balance, and all that.
Less glacial cover in ancient Greenland means the global ocean was probably between three and six feet higher during that time compared to current levels, the scientists say.
And how much of a rise is the IPCC predicting in the next century or so? About 17 inches?
Let's look at the track record of similar scares.
Global cooling/"The Coming Ice Age"
What do they all have in common? Several things.
1. They all required immense, immediate governmental action,
2. action favored by leftists,
3. action that would have a seriously adverse effect on the global economy and prosperity,
4. to forestall apocalyptic consequences.
5. None of them happened.
Is it any wonder I'm skeptical about the claims of the Church of Global Warming?
Update, 7/9/07: In my list above, how could I forget Thomas Malthus?