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Sunday, June 26, 2011

New ice age imminent?

I guess we're going to have to start burning fossil fuels like mad & pumping as much CO2 into the atmosphere as we can while we have the chance. This item from the website Peak Oil suggests that the Sun is entering a prolonged period of quiescence like that last seen in the 17th century during the so-called "Little Ice Age". Al Gore is going to explode when he reads this:
The sun is most likely going into hibernation as the latest unusual solar readings, including fading sunspots and weakening magnetic activity near the poles suggest that we are headed towards a solar event that hasn’t happened in hundreds of years, according to new data released Tuesday at the annual meeting of the solar physics division of the American Astronomical Society in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Even though the Sun has been active recently as it heads towards solar maximum in 2013, there are three lines of evidence including a missing jet stream in the solar interior, fading sunspots on the sun’s visible surface, and changes in the corona and near the poles suggest that the next 11-year-long solar cycle will be far quieter than the current one or it may not even happen.

There are some scientists at the conference who said the current findings from the studies mean that we are at the beginning of a Maunder Minimum, a 70-year period that began around 1645 when hardly any sunspots were observed.

This decline in sunspots coincided with below-normal temperatures, in a climate period known as the Little Ice Age that struck Europe and North America, where temperatures dropped by 1.8 to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1-1.5 degrees Celsius).
However, don't get excited all you climate change deniers:
But scientists warn that the temperature change due to a decline in sunspot activity would likely be minimal and not enough to compensate for global warming.
Sure, pal. Whatever you say. I don't believe any of you anymore.

4 comments:

Sixth Estate said...

If this is due to a sunspot cycle change, we're talking a couple of decades of "relief." One way or another, this is irrelevant to climate change unless you're only interested in the extremely short term.

Nor, for that matter, would it be enough to cause a "little Ice Age," either, unless the emphasis is on "little," I guess.

Cytotoxic said...

I like how the word 'scientists' is used at the end as an obvious cover for the author's narrative. I don't full trust the hardliners at either end of the debate-I am open to the possibility that humanity has contributed to the warming of the planet. But its obvious that the ever-imminent apocalypse (50 MILLION CLIMATE REFUGEES BY 2010 !!111ONE) is just not happening and likely not going to happen.

Anonymous said...

Even worse for John Moore at CFRB because he had mocked me and others that tried to educate him about how the SUN allow us to exist on earth and it has a direct affect for weather and Temperatures.
NASA's own Charts and my Universtiy Astronomy book shows the Solar cycles and retarded affects on earth from the temp swings that lag because Solar winds and Flares travel slower then Photons.
Mars had shown a temp increase for the surface while not one SUV existed there,but now the Sun seems to cool a bit and it's the ICE-AGE coming.

John is the perfect example when Hollywood artsy-fartsy types fall for a movie by a failed politician
that needed pictures and charts to reach his followers.
John calls me a Global-Warming DENIER and he said he would not give any Air-Time to my kind because were consipracy nuts and uninformed yahoos.
But I do agree with Moore about Corporate welfare and Grants to useless parasites, we just don't agree that the parasites are in the Arts and Culture mob, these "Artists" only seem to draw Welfare checks while waiting for the big break.

Anonymous said...

You humans are all so full of it, especially these so called "scientists".

They know squat.

Yours Truly

Gary from Outer Space