Officially, we are still in an ice-age, as there is permanent ice around both poles.
There was a time in the 1960s where some scientists thought that another ice age might be approaching. Humanity has had a good long interglacial period, since the development of agriculture.
There are some drivers that are predictable, like the Milankovitch cycles. - There are some drivers that are currently totally unpredictable, like pauses in Sunspot activity, volcanic activity and large meteorites. - There are numerous time lags and feedback cycles in the climate that make prediction difficult - for example, ocean warming now could cause release of cold-ocean clathrates in a century, causing a sudden later temperature increase.
However, human-induced changes to the climate are now larger than some of these natural drivers; the introduction of agriculture may be the largest of these influences. To some extent, the onset of the next glacial maximum is in our hands.
While a global ice-age is not the current trend, it is possible that there could be a local ice age affecting Northern Europe, if and when fresh water runoff from Greenland stops warm ocean currents reaching UK and France. Then the UK could become as cold as corresponding latitudes on the coasts of Canada and Russia.
I know that the strong nuclear force is 36 orders of magnitude stronger than gravity, but could they be the same fundamental force? My thinking is that gravity on the scale of femtometers could obey the law of 1/r^19 (20 dimensions of space, 17 of which are too small to measure) which obeys the rules of how the strong nuclear force falls of significantly over minute distances. Once r is more than a few femtometers we are out of the realms of the tiny, curled up dimensions and into the three normal dimensions of space and the power of attraction is 36 orders of magnitude smaller.
I am a layman, but I do wish to study physics. Please can you explain to me why this obvious (to me) solution is wrong? I am sure if it were this simple, it would have been proven a long time ago.