10 reasons to be cheerful about the coming new Ice Age

It’s official: a new Ice Age is on its way. In what has been described as “the science story of the century”, heavyweight US solar physicists have announced that the sun is heading for a prolonged period of low activity. This makes global cooling a much more plausible prospect in the next few decades than global warming. Indeed, it might even usher in a lengthy period of climate grimness such as we saw during the Maunder Minimum (when Ice Fairs were held on the Thames) or the Dalton Minimum (which brought us such delights as the 1816 Year Without A Summer).

Here’s how Watts Up With That reports the bad news:
A missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles say that our Sun is heading for a rest…

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3 thoughts on “10 reasons to be cheerful about the coming new Ice Age”

  1. Not so fast.

    The slow down in sun spot activity, won’t mean the sun will be any cooler; but it does mean that there will be less solar particles hitting our atmosphere. With less ionization, there will be less high altitude condensation, thus less cloud albedo.

  2. JimmyGiro said:

    Not so fast.

    The slow down in sun spot activity, won’t mean the sun will be any cooler; but it does mean that there will be less solar particles hitting our atmosphere. With less ionization, there will be less high altitude condensation, thus less cloud albedo.

    Exactly backward, old chap. Lower solar sunspot activity is associated with a reduced solar magnetic field, which allows more cosmic radiation to penetrate through to our atmosphere; this increased influx of cosmic radiation increases cloud formation, increasing the earth’s albedo and resulting in more of the sun’s radiation being reflected back into space – meaning the planet cools.

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