Scientists fear a new little Ice Age
Most of us know how global warming is becoming a threat and how we need to do something about this – and from this process a few have become billionaires from taxing countries, companies and people for carbon emissions. However, the reality is not always what it seems to be.
In the last 15 years there hasn’t been a rise in global temperature and additional to that the last few years we have had the lowest solar activity in the last one hundred years. Researchers in Germany suggest that if this continues then we are becoming closer to a new Little Ice Age. The article was published in the German version of the popular Focus magazine in Germany.
Our sun in 2008 entered the 11 th year cycle and yet the solar activity has remained extremely low. And in 2013 we were expecting a 100 hundred year solar maximum which also didn’t happen. On the contrary we have the weakest cycle in the last 100 years. The Northern hemisphere of the Sun was active more than the southern creating a strange asymmetry that was observed at the Marshall NASA Space Flight Centre by researcher David Hathaway.
The last time that a little Ice age happened was between 1550 and 1850 AD. During a little Ice Age the temperatures drop, glaciers expand, crops are destroyed, and strange weather phenomena would be observed including flooding, temperature extremes, unpredictable weather etc. The last Little Ice Age resulted in more than 10% of the population of most countries to die and in Estonia and Finland the losses were estimated to be up to one third of the population. Even though today we are more technologically advanced the losses from a little Ice Age would be significant.
Another interesting point is that the little Ice Age of the 14 th century followed the Medieval warming period which was from about 900 to 1300 AD. At the moment we are going through a new warming period that began in the late 19 th century.
This is not the first time that such an article has been published, it was a few months ago that the leading Russian scientist Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov suggested a new little Ice Age is approaching. And I guess it is not going to be the last time that we hear about it.
By John Black