June 15, 2011
A mini-ice age on the way?
Why not? Climate hysterics have kind of worn out the global warming scare. Now it's time to reverse gears and scare the beejeebus out of us by positing global cooling. Actually, this has a little bit more basis in science. Sun spot activity is disappearing, which has led in the past to "The Little Ice Age" and other cold snaps lasting a couple of centuries or more. What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth - far from facing a global warming problem - is actually headed into a mini Ice Age.The announcement made on 14 June (18:00 UK time) comes from scientists at the US National Solar Observatory (NSO) and US Air Force Research Laboratory. Three different analyses of the Sun's recent behaviour all indicate that a period of unusually low solar activity may be about to begin. The Sun normally follows an 11-year...(Read Full Post)