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Global Cooling comes back in a big way

Solar Activity Diminishes
Researchers Predict Another Ice Age

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9 Feb 08 - Solar activity comes in regular cycles, but the latest cycle is refusing to start. Sunspots have all but vanished, and activity is suspiciously quiet. The last time this happened was 400 years ago - and it signaled a solar event known as a "Maunder Minimum," along with the start of what we now call the "Little Ice Age."

 Typical sunspot compared to the earth. 

Kenneth Tapping, a solar researcher and project director for Canada's National Research Council, says it may be happening again. If the pattern doesn't change quickly, Tapping says, the earth is in for some very chilly weather.

During the Little Ice Age, global temperatures dropped sharply. New York Harbor froze hard enough to allow people to walk from Manhattan to Staten Island, and in Britain, people reported sighting eskimos paddling canoes off the coast. Glaciers in Norway grew up to 100 meters a year, destroying farms and villages.

But will it happen again?

Observational data seems to support the claims -- or doesn't contradict it, at least. According to data from Britain's Met Office, the earth has cooled very slightly since 1998. The Met Office says global warming "will pick up again shortly." Others aren't so sure.

Even NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies -- long the nation's most ardent champion of anthropogenic global warming -- is getting in on the act. Drew Shindell, a researcher at GISS, says there are some "interesting relationships we don't fully understand" between solar activity and climate.

http://www.dailytech.com/Solar+Activity+Diminishes+Researchers+Predict+Another+Ice+Age/article10630.htm
Thanks to Hans Schreuder in the UK for this link and to Norm Smith in Chilliwack BC

See also Scientists worried about new ice age 

 



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