I saw this article, and wondered why the science community is not more concerned with actual proof of an impending Maunder Minimum, than they are with a theoretical possibility of man-induced CO2 causing warming?
If the CO2 humans produce will really help retain some warmth in our atmosphere, wouldn’t we see this as desirable, since we are heading into a cool solar cycle, which could last 300 years?
According to a study by the University of California San Diego, the sun will begin to have diminished magnetism, fewer sunspots, and produce less ultraviolet radiation starting in 2020. The event, known as the “grand minimum,” is reportedly triggered at random points by fluctuations in the sun’s magnetic field and is expected to last for about 50 years.
Researchers are comparing the sun’s upcoming cooling cycle to the last recorded sunspot outage which occurred over 300 years ago. Called the Maunder Minimum, the drop-off in sunspot activity took place from 1645 to 1715 and was part of a period known as the “Little Ice Age.” That cold spell is believed to have lasted from 1300 to 1850 and saw a huge expansion in mountain glaciers as well as large portions of Europe frozen solid.