Perhaps the greatest fear for many was the fact that temperatures have been constantly on the rise and that Global Warming is an inescapable future for us all. However, new research points to a much more different future – a drop in solar magnetism may actually cause a mini ice age by 2030.
And it won’t happen for the first time. In fact, this phenomenon is known as the Maunder Minimum, and the last time it happened, London’s Thames River froze over.
Now, according to a breakthrough mathematical model of the Sun’s magnetic energy, which has been proven to be 97% accurate, another mini ice age is waiting for us around 2030.
The research team led by math professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University have observed the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat and have predicted that starting from 2020, the solar cycles will start canceling each other out, resulting in an evident drop in temperatures.
“We found magnetic wave components appearing in pairs, originating in two different layers in the Sun’s interior,” said Zharkova. “They both have a frequency of approximately 11 years, although this frequency is slightly different, and they are offset in time.”
“Combining both waves together and comparing to real data for the current solar cycle, we found that our predictions showed an accuracy of 97 per cent.”
The research team’s predictions are that the next peak in the cycle should be in 2022, followed by Cycle 26, which would be the beginning of a new ice age. “In Cycle 26, the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the Sun,” Zharkova explains.
“Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other. We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum’.”
However, Zharkova explained that despite the accuracy of the model, it couldn’t be used as a proof of a mini ice age, in part because of global warming. In other words, if this mini ice age.
This won’t cancel the pollution that has caused global warming in the first place, however. Zharkova explains that the downward impact this mini ice age will have on global warming will only last until the Sun’s two magnetic waves become active again in the 2050s.
“I hope global warming will be overridden by this effect, giving humankind and the Earth 30 years to sort out our pollution”, she told Sky News.
All in all, this mini ice age may prove to be very useful in our fight against the harm we’ve caused to the environment. It seems that even the Sun is giving us a second chance at correcting our errors lest we lose everything.