YEKATERINBURG, July 21./TASS/. Arguments of some scientists, who say a new Ice Age could begin already in 100 years, are just a conjecture so far, a Russian academician told TASS on Tuesday.
It is not yet clear when exactly the next one should begin, said Vladimir Melnikov from the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, noting that "our scientists already have enough knowledge and technologies that can mitigate it".
"In the cold season ice captures chlorinates, releasing them when it gets warmer. These compounds lead also to formation of ozone holes," he continued.
"However, through regulating these processes we can use these compounds for mitigating the glacial era," the scientist said, explaining that certain technologies could help in this.
"The previous Ice Age began 32,000 years ago and ended 6,000 years ago. We are now living in between glacial eras. Of course, a new Ice Age will be the next cycle, but nobody can say when it should begin," the academician said.
"We can already see its first faint echo — increasingly frequent rain showers and tsunamis in summer and copious snowfalls in winter," he added.
According to the scientist, shirt of the Gulf Stream, the swift Atlantic Ocean current that flows north from the Gulf of Mexico, can hasten a glacial period. Cold currents formed as a result of melting of sea ice push it out from the English coast deeper into the ocean.
"Nowadays scientists are thoroughly looking into this process to understand how serious is the problem connected with Gulf Stream’s migration," he added.