Nice to Ice
Seven hundred years ago, Dante Alighieri told us that the deepest level of the Inferno consists not of fire, but ice.
Down there, Satan keeps Judas's head firmly clenched in his jaws while other sinners are immobilised in solid H20 for eternity. It's ice we sinners need fear. Not fire.
And yet - possibly because of that other prediction that the Earth will be destroyed by flames - we have a politically enhanced, media-driven frenzy that if we buy just one more car or open just one more factory, we are all going to burn. Not only that, our favourite holiday island resorts and waterfront villas will become homes for fish.
Though the Earth will finally be destroyed by fire, that won't happen for another 5,000 million years - when the sun goes red giant - so don't start wearing asbestos underpants just yet.
It is global freezing we have to fear. For at least the past 2 million years, the Earth has normally been much colder than now. We are in a warm period, and we should be grateful.
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