'Scientists say the conditions are eerily similar to those before the Maunder Minimum, a time in 1645 when a mini ice age hit, Freezing London's River Thames.'
'Researchers believe the solar lull could cause major changes, and say there is a 20% chance it could lead to 'major changes' in global temperatures.'
These lead-in statements, by a few concerned climate scientists, are troubling to say the least! While, it's true that our sun has been acting very strangely as of late, no one is sure if this activity (or the lack there of) is a run up to a similar event known as the Maunder Minimum. A period of time starting in about 1645 where sunspots virtually disappeared for almost 70 years!
During that period of time, parts of Medieval Europe suffered some of the strangest weather imaginable! Check out a book written by Brian Fagan called' The little Ice Age' for an insightful and chronological look at this period of time when tens of thousands perished and millions of others suffered horribly)!
What a strange turn of events it would be to find out that the only thing keeping our world from the next Ice Age was the burning of fossil fuels! Such a revelation would provide a fitting footnote to the folly that is mankind and his facile understanding of nature!