In the climate debate it appears that the major role of the sun is overlooked and now that sunspot activity has decreased earlier than anticipated, NASA scientists warn that the planet is facing a grim, mini ice-age.
The sun was not supposed to go into a solar minimum until 2020, but since the universe and nature doesn't care about human timetables, it appears that it's heading in that direction earlier than anticipated.
According to the experts, sunspots have been absent for the majority of 2018, and the last time a prolonged solar minimum occurred it led to the Little Ice Age that lasted from 1645 to 1715. The scientific term for this is the Maunder minimum.
Normally the sun has an eleven-year cycle for sunspot activity, but a prolonged absence can drop temperatures to lower than normal for decades instead of seasons.
Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center has warned, "We see a cooling trend. High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold." The same sentiment is echoed by Dr. Tony Phillips, the editor of spaceweather.com. Not only will it get colder it will happen very quickly. "It could happen in a matter of months." Mlynczak added.
These lower temperatures might disrupt communication and navigations among other effects. Will it impact agriculture around the world? Even today an out of control fire is raging in California. The death toll is over 60 persons, and almost 300 are missing. People are walking around with masks because of the smoke, which has blotted out the sun. This in turn has dropped surface temperatures as much as 10 degrees fahrenheit according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
What will be the long term effects of significantly cooler temperatures, and if we have any type of volcanic eruptions or any other disaster that blots out sunlight?
Source - ZeroHedge
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