A “Mini-Ice Age” Could Hit Earth By 2030, Scientists Warn

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Amid rising
concerns over the effects of global warming, a group of scientists has claimed
that the Earth could in a little over a decade be hit by a “mini ice
age” that would freeze major rivers. The startling prediction is based on
a mathematical model of the Sun’s magnetic energy which also suggests that
Earth’s temperature will start dropping in 2021.

plummeting temperature will then lead to something called the “Maunder
“, which is referred to a previous mini ice age that occurred
between 1646 and 1715, turning London’s Thames into a frozen river, scientists
claimed. The latest research, led by maths professor Valentina Zharkova at
Northumbria University (NU), is built on a previous research that predicts the movements
of two magnetic waves produced by the Sun. It also foretells rapidly decreasing
magnetic waves for three solar cycles that will begin in 2021, and last for as
many as 33 years.
According to
the model, the two magnetic waves will become increasingly offset during Cycle
25, which peaks in 2022. During Cycle 26 between 2030 and 2040, the waves will
become out of sync, causing reduction in solar activity by as much as 60

In cycle
26, the two waves exactly mirror each other — peaking at the same time but in
opposite hemispheres of the Sun
,” maths professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University (NU) reportedly said in 2015 while
conducting a previous research on the phenomenon. “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’.

Zharkova claimed 97 percent accuracy for the model that corresponds to previous
mini ice ages, she did warn that her model could not be used as proof of a
future mini ice age, partly because of global warming. The new research paper
on the findings was published this year in Astronomy & Geophysics.

I hope
global warning will be overridden by this effect, giving humankind and the
Earth 30 years to sort out our pollution
,” Zharkova told Sky News, adding that
any possible downward impact on global warming will last until 2050s when the
Sun’s two magnetic waves become active again. “We have to be sorted by that
time and prepare everything on Earth for the next big solar activity.


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