Let's ice skate on the Thames like we did in 1715!
The climate change conversation took a chilly turn this weekend. In other words, we are going get cold, really cold in the near future.
A team of European researchers have unveiled a scientific model showing that the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.
Their findings will infuriate environmental campaigners who argue by 2030 we could be facing increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles.
However, at the National Astronomy Meeting in Wales, Northumbria University professor Valentina Zharkova said fluctuations an 11-year cycle of solar activity the sun goes through would be responsible for a freeze, the like of which has not been experienced since the 1600s.
From 1645 to 1715 global temperatures dropped due to low solar activity so much that the planet experienced a 70-year ice age known as Maunder Minimum which saw the River Thames in London completely frozen.
So let's party like it's 1715?
It amazes me that people can be so certain about this and that in 20 years. I say this because I remember when we were warned about another ice age in our lifetime. I should have saved that Time issue!
So let's protect ourselves against global cooling and warming. No matter what, we should all build domed stadia so that fans can watch games when it's too hot or too cold!
And let's buy some new ice skates just in case that the Thames freezes again!