I think it’s safe to say that the global warming pause scientists tried to hide now has an explanation. This week University of Northumbria researcher Dr. Valentina Zharkova presented findings of a new study she and other scientists at a meeting of the National Astronomy Meeting in Wales. According to the UK Daily Mail, using the latest solar activity data, solar scientists have concluded that within 15 years Earth will experience an event that has not occurred in over three hundred years: a mini ice age.
Scientists say they can understand solar cycles even better and they predict the sun’s sunspots will go down over fifty percent by about the year 2030. Consequently, the reduced solar activity will trigger a mini ice age that will last for ten years. Researchers state that magnetic waves in the sun’s interior that change between the star’s northern and southern hemispheres. This, in turn, results in a variety of solar conditions over a ten to twelve year period. The data points to scientists are better able to forecast solar activity – which is the basis of study’s prediction.
The last time the Earth experienced such a downturn in solar activity was three centuries ago, during the event known as the Maunder Minimum, that lasted from 1645 to 1715.