Rapid Analysis: “Mini Ice Age to happen in 2030”

If you haven’t heard about it yet, you’re about to. The media is currently pouncing on a news story out of the National Astronomy Meeting in England this week that claims scientists are predicting a mini Ice Age by the year 2030.

Before you get swept into the media hype and start forming opinions however, here’s a few things you should know:

  1. This prediction was presented at a conference, and is not published by a peer-reviewed journal
  2. The Ice Age prediction is itself, based upon a predicted 60% decrease in “solar activity”, characterized by a significant decrease in the number of sunspots that occur on the sun’s surface.
  3. While the data has yet to be published, project lead Professor Valentine Zharkova asserts the model’s accuracy is around 97%.
  4. Scientists do not know how much global warming can or will offset this predicted mini Ice Age

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