New Little Ice Age In Store Next Decade?

89705312_aa574e68a8The Telegraph says we may enter a short mini-Ice Age in the next decade due to low solar activity. Consider it Mother Nature giving us a temporary reprieve from global warming so that we have time to set things right:

Sunspot activity, which follows an 11-year cycle, is due to peak in 2013 after which it will start to wane slightly. But astronomers think the next upswing will be less intensive than normal, or could fail to happen at all. That could affect weather on Earth because low solar activity has been linked to low global temperatures in the past.

Three studies, presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s solar physics division, all point towards declining sunspot activity into the next decade.

Between 1645 and 1715 almost no sunspots were observed, a solar period which came to be called the Maunder Minimum. During those decades Europe suffered frequent unusually harsh winters, and the time was later termed the Little Ice Age.

But Joanna Haigh professor of atmospheric physics at Imperial College London, cautioned: “In any case, the cooling effect is only ever temporary. When the sun’s activity returns to normal, the greenhouse gases won’t have gone away.”

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  • Jbar

    I’m off to the equator…

  • Jbar

    I’m off to the equator…

  • RedHerring
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    • tink

      everyone is going to disagree with everyone its all about who finds what information to be credible and hold more substantial evidence

  • Rex Vestri

    Wow…If that happens it’ll really suck. We sure will have a tough time keeping warm during the first two or three years of that ‘little ice age’ without any electricity, seeing as how our power grid will probably be burned out by the massive coronal mass ejection at the end of 2012.  Better stock-up on firewood!  =)

  • Rex Vestri

    Wow…If that happens it’ll really suck. We sure will have a tough time keeping warm during the first two or three years of that ‘little ice age’ without any electricity, seeing as how our power grid will probably be burned out by the massive coronal mass ejection at the end of 2012.  Better stock-up on firewood!  =)

    • Alien

       Its all part of the plan…

  • Hahaha

    and they will call this “man made” global cooling and try to make us pay a tax on it. hah. global warming theories have failed. wonder if al gore will jum p on this bandwagon….

  • Hahaha

    and they will call this “man made” global cooling and try to make us pay a tax on it. hah. global warming theories have failed. wonder if al gore will jum p on this bandwagon….

  • Mr. Coffee

    THE ICE AGE IS A MYTH PERPETUATED BY THAT POWERS THAT BE IN THE HEATING AND COOLING INDUSTRY ONLY THE MISINFORMED THINK DIFFERENT

  • Mr. Coffee

    THE ICE AGE IS A MYTH PERPETUATED BY THAT POWERS THAT BE IN THE HEATING AND COOLING INDUSTRY ONLY THE MISINFORMED THINK DIFFERENT

  • Jacobsloansucks

    this is complete unfounded bs.  jacobsloan, plz quit your day job.

  • Jacobsloansucks

    this is complete unfounded bs.  jacobsloan, plz quit your day job.

    • Nickdalad456

      there is enough evidence to show when the solar activity is low the earth cools solar activity was low in the last mini ice age and when solar activity returned to normal the planet warmed up to how it is now thats why we had global warming not because of us we have no effect on the planet at all

  • Alien

     Its all part of the plan…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’ll believe it when the snowfall is sufficient to refill the lake I grew up next to thats dropped several feet in 30 years. Until then…I’ll operate on the assumption that the visible measurable physical evidence indicates a loss of rainfall vs evap that has reduced the renewal of freshwater resources over the last few decades.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’ll believe it when the snowfall is sufficient to refill the lake I grew up next to thats dropped several feet in 30 years. Until then…I’ll operate on the assumption that the visible measurable physical evidence indicates a loss of rainfall vs evap that has reduced the renewal of freshwater resources over the last few decades.

  • quartz99

    yeah, maybe it could have been a “mini ice age” if we weren’t screwing with the environment, but this isn’t going to be anywhere near enough to cancel out what we’ve done and continue to do. At best this will stave off the worst of the climate change for a couple years, in that you won’t see the rise be quite as steep. Then when it ends there’ll be a monstrous upward swing in the global temperature, because with the temperature not rising as steeply as it has been, no one’s going to believe they need to do anything about it. More stupid, short-sighted short term thinking.

  • Anonymous

    yeah, maybe it could have been a “mini ice age” if we weren’t screwing with the environment, but this isn’t going to be anywhere near enough to cancel out what we’ve done and continue to do. At best this will stave off the worst of the climate change for a couple years, in that you won’t see the rise be quite as steep. Then when it ends there’ll be a monstrous upward swing in the global temperature, because with the temperature not rising as steeply as it has been, no one’s going to believe they need to do anything about it. More stupid, short-sighted short term thinking.

  • SF2K01

    A little global cooling to counteract the global warming, nice. I could use some of that.

  • Anonymous

    A little global cooling to counteract the global warming, nice. I could use some of that.

  • tink

    everyone is going to disagree with everyone its all about who finds what information to be credible and hold more substantial evidence

  • Anonymous

    Consider it Mother Nature giving us a temporary reprieve from global warming so that we have time to set things right:

    You could also consider it Mother Nature saying that the sun has much more of an effect on climate than trace gases in the atmosphere. After all, if low solar activity can cool the planet, isn’t it possible that increased solar activity can warm it?

  • pinroot

    Consider it Mother Nature giving us a temporary reprieve from global warming so that we have time to set things right:

    You could also consider it Mother Nature saying that the sun has much more of an effect on climate than trace gases in the atmosphere. After all, if low solar activity can cool the planet, isn’t it possible that increased solar activity can warm it?

  • Nickdalad456

    there is enough evidence to show when the solar activity is low the earth cools solar activity was low in the last mini ice age and when solar activity returned to normal the planet warmed up to how it is now thats why we had global warming not because of us we have no effect on the planet at all

  • https://twitter.com/#!/MiddleAmericaMS MiddleAmericaMS

    GOP energy industry disinfo!
      
    “Earth facing mini-ice age!!” say the media. Now for the science….
    http://youtu.be/adAvYK1O-ic
      

  • http://twitter.com/MiddleAmericaMS MiddleAmericaMS

    GOP energy industry disinfo!
      
    “Earth facing mini-ice age!!” say the media. Now for the science….
    http://youtu.be/adAvYK1O-ic
      

  • Telson7

    The Ice Age is not a very old concept. It was not thought of in the 1700s, just like the theory of evolution was not widely known then either. This theory only gained ground in the 1840s when two researchers, Charpentier and Agassiz, tried to explain the forms of the Alps by the theory and later expanded it to apply to the whole of Northern Europe. It is surprising that this theory came to light almost at the same time as Darwin’s idea of the origin of species. Both of these theories gained simultaneous attention in the society of that time.

       It has been thought that there have been several Ice Ages on the Earth. It has even been said that tropical and hot areas like the Sahara, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Australia, India, Madagascar, and South America (as presented in the books Jääkausi (Ice Age) / Björn Kurten and Muuttuva maa / Pentti Eskola, for example) were covered with a large continental glacier tens of millions of years ago. The latest Ice Age is assumed to have started “just” about 500,000 years ago and ended 10,000 years ago. The ice sheets are believed to have covered at their widest 55 million square meters, and the thickness of the ice was at most over 3 kilometers (about 1.8 miles).
        What should we think about the Ice Age? Have we any reason to believe in it? Maybe the signs that have been interpreted as signs of an Ice Age were caused by something else? We will now study the mystery of the Ice Age.

    http://www.jariiivanainen.net/Has_there_ever_been_the_ice_age.html

  • Telson7

    The Ice Age is not a very old concept. It was not thought of in the 1700s, just like the theory of evolution was not widely known then either. This theory only gained ground in the 1840s when two researchers, Charpentier and Agassiz, tried to explain the forms of the Alps by the theory and later expanded it to apply to the whole of Northern Europe. It is surprising that this theory came to light almost at the same time as Darwin’s idea of the origin of species. Both of these theories gained simultaneous attention in the society of that time.

       It has been thought that there have been several Ice Ages on the Earth. It has even been said that tropical and hot areas like the Sahara, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Australia, India, Madagascar, and South America (as presented in the books Jääkausi (Ice Age) / Björn Kurten and Muuttuva maa / Pentti Eskola, for example) were covered with a large continental glacier tens of millions of years ago. The latest Ice Age is assumed to have started “just” about 500,000 years ago and ended 10,000 years ago. The ice sheets are believed to have covered at their widest 55 million square meters, and the thickness of the ice was at most over 3 kilometers (about 1.8 miles).
        What should we think about the Ice Age? Have we any reason to believe in it? Maybe the signs that have been interpreted as signs of an Ice Age were caused by something else? We will now study the mystery of the Ice Age.

    http://www.jariiivanainen.net/Has_there_ever_been_the_ice_age.html

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