Mini-Ice Age: Sunspot cycle won’t counteract global warming
Since Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has been prattling on about a new Ice Age based on sketchy speculation, here’s some follow up with facts.
Environmentalists be damned, rather than a future so hot and humid that humans will not be able to survive, the Earth is actually heading towards a ‘mini ice age’, according to the world’s newspapers.
“We have not predicted a Little Ice Age,” Frank Hill of the National Solar Observatory told Reuters. “We have predicted something going on with the Sun.” There’s a key difference.
This is certainly the view of Michael Marshall who, writing in the New Scientist, has been quick to refute the claims of a global cooling event.
“The reality is that, while the sun may well be about to give us a shove in the direction of cool temperatures, the evidence suggests it won’t be anything like enough to drown out the warming effects of our greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
The rest of the story is that the slowdown in sunspots that scientists are speculating on doesn’t start until 2019. Meanwhile global warming continues, cycle 24 has started, and the possibility of sunspot cycle 25 going missing is just one possible scenario.