Not by Fire but by Ice
THE NEXT ICE AGE - NOW!
Discover What Killed the Dinosaurs . . . and Why it Could Soon Kill Us
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The Sun normally undergoes an 11-year cycle of activity, moving from a tumultuous boiling atmosphere that spits out flares and planet-sized chunks of super-hot gas to a relatively a calmer period and then back up again.
But last year, instead of firing back up after a quiet spell as it “should” have, it instead hit a 50-year low in solar wind pressure, a 55-year low in radio emissions, and a 100-year low in sunspot activity.
According to Prof Louise Hara of University College London, it is unclear why this is happening or when the Sun is likely to become more active again.
"There's no sign of us coming out of it yet," she told BBC News.
“There are scientific papers coming out suggesting that we'll be going into a normal period of activity soon,” Hara pointed out. “Others are suggesting we'll be going into another minimum period."
In the mid-17th Century, a quiet spell - known as the Maunder Minimum - lasted 70 years, and led to a "mini ice age".
Millions of people died of starvation
during that “mini ice age.”
"What we are seeing is consistent with a global temperature rise, not that the Sun is coming to our aid," said Lockwood.
Huh? Let’s see if I understand this.
The last time this happened
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