Dr Matthew Pope

Tuesday, February 21 2012 at 8:00PM

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Dr Matthew Pope

What's the talk about?

As an antidote to your gnawing anxieties about global warming, why not consider the geological evidence that the planet is undergoing long term cycles of catastrophic cooling? We might be currently enjoying a warm global climate but this is typical of only about 5% of the last million years.  The geological evidence would suggest there is a high likelihood that our warm stage will eventually falter and a new period of global cooling and aridity will eventually take hold of the planet for tens of thousands of years, and it’s about due. Urban life is unlikely to survive this natural cycle, intensive agriculture will be impossible and evacuation of human populations latitudes about 45 degrees will have to occur. Worried? Then find out how to survive the next ice age and where in Brighton property prices might stay buoyant for as long as possible during the onset of the global big freeze.

Dr Matthew Pope is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, specialising in palaeolithic studies.
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