A lot of recent events have gotten people worried about the "end of time", the apocalypse, the Rapture, or any other way to refer to the end of the world. A lot of people have speculated and developed theories about how the end will occur. Well, I intend to discuss that here, and to open the floor to debate. I will attempt to back up what I say with fact and references, but where I can't I will say so.
First off, let us talk about 2012. There is one scientific basis for 2012, called "Galactic Alignment". Basically, Galactic Alignment theory suggests that there is a central plane within the Milky Way, in which there are a great deal of energy and abnormalities produced by the super massive black hole at the center of the galaxy. The theory states that, as the earth moves through this plane, ominously dubbed the "Dark Rift", it will be subjected to electromagnetic instability. Although the implications of this are not certain, it is believed that the effects could include (but not be limited to) severe weather, seismic activity, and polar instability. In addition, it is believed that this will occur in alignment with most major galaxies, producing additional instability. Alignment is said to occur on the winter solstice of the year 2012. An alignment of this precision occurs only every couple hundred thousand years. Search this on google to verify its validity.
On to lucky number two: a pole shift. There is evidence that, every so often, the earth's magnetic fields reverse orientation (north becomes south, south becomes north). The weakening of the earth's magnetic fields over recent years suggests that one such event may be about to occur. However, let's be clear on what we are talking about. The magnetic reversal of the poles will only affect your compasses and other magnetically-based equipment. It will not cause widespread destruction, earthquakes, or the like. Not to say that its side effects won't. I'm getting there. There is another, more extreme reversal, in which the reversal of the poles causes the earth itself to flip completely on its axis. While the occurrence of this type of event would be catastrophic, there is very little likelihood of this actually occurring.
Number three: magnetosphere failing. The earth is surrounded by a magnetic field, called the magnetosphere. This field protects earth from bombardment by all sorts of radiation from space, including that of our own sun. You can get a visual readout of this field by clicking on this link
. If you know how to read this data, and compare it against older readings, then I need not explain further. If you do not, then here it is, in plain English: the magnetosphere is weakening...quickly. The culprit? Increasing bombardment of the magnetosphere by plasma, solar radiation, and weakening that standardly precedes a polar reversal. Just on solar output alone, you can see it at this website
(image source: scienceblogs.com). The weakening of the magnetosphere means that increasing levels of radiation can now reach earth's surface. So, let's end on the magnetosphere and head over to the grand finale, the Sun.
The Sun. Increased levels of solar radiation on earth's surface are bad for a number of reasons. First off, it can cause cancer and other health issues. But, on a more global scale, there seems to be a correlation between solar events and major earthquakes. About a week or two before each major earthquake: Haiti, Chile, Japan, and Virginia, NASA reported an X-class solar event. This is the highest possible magnitude, indicating a multiplication factor of 100. While these solar events have not been proved to have anything to do with the earthquakes, the evidence suggests a correlation, and so it would be unwise to rule out the possibility. In addition to causing earthquakes, this is definitely affecting earth's climate. Global warming is interfering with the climate of most temperate zones. This cannot be disputed by anyone who has watched weather over the past few years. Tornadoes growing stronger and occurring closer to areas where they were once ruled out. Last winter, NYC was hit by a blizzard that, strangely enough, also happened to classify as a category 2 hurricane (wind speeds and a fully formed eye). And, over the past couple years, hurricanes have increasingly trended north, into waters that were once too cold to support them, but are now showing a warming trend.
Now, let me discuss another issue, global warming. I mistakenly lumped a statement implying global warming into my 2012 argument. But it is a separate issue.
What evidence do we have for global warming? See my data page
. To sum it up, we have the shrinking of the polar ice caps, and the rise of ocean temperatures. I placed global warming into the paragraph about the sun because it is a chief cause, but the increasing levels of greenhouse gases are also a cause.
What will the impacts of this be? Arguments have been made for coastal flooding due to rising sea levels as a chief outcome of global warming. But this will not be the issue of concern. Let's think about deep-sea currents. The North Atlantic Current is just one example. It is a deep-sea current that is responsible for carrying warm water from the tropics north and thus giving us our mild climate. This current depends on a balance of salt and fresh water. The melting of polar ice caps is offsetting this balance, weakening the current. If it shuts down, there goes our warm climate. Polar air will take control over once mild areas and lead to a new ice age. This will reseal water into the ice caps, restoring the deep-sea currents and the ice will begin to thaw again. What we are talking about is a dynamic cycle that is completely natural. The issue here is that some human activities are speeding up the process.
That's the end of my speech for the day. But don't take my word for it. Do the research and decide for yourself. Are all of these things inter-related? And, if so, what does that mean for us and the future of our planet?