Video – We’re headed into a Little Ice Age, says scientist

Interview with Professor Valentina Zharkova

Much more up-to-date photo of Professor Zharkova
Much more up-to-date photo of Professor Zharkova

Published on Aug 9, 2016

Recent research by Professor Valentina Zharkova (Northumbria University) and colleagues has shed new light on the inner workings of the Sun.

The research suggests that the next three solar cycles will see solar activity reduce significantly into the middle of the century, producing conditions similar to those last seen in the 1600s – during the Maunder Minimum.

Some climate scientists have not welcomed the research and even tried to suppress the new findings.

Dr Zharkova is a Professor in Mathematics at Northumbria University. She has a BSc/MSc in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics.

13 thoughts on “Video – We’re headed into a Little Ice Age, says scientist

  1. Little ice age? That event lasted from the 14th century to the mid 19th century. Something like the Maunder or Dalton minimum is just a mini ice age. Just a clarification of terminology.

  2. Still keep wondering what the impact of increased coronal hole streams of energy will be for the planet … and life on the planet.

    These streams of energy don’t seem to depend upon sun spots and solar sun spot activity; that energy, if indeed incoming, would seem to portend some kind of energy increase for the planet … i.e., some kind of global warming, as well; yet if that energy goes in via the poles … a warming of the planet … but from the inside out? In which case, would the layers of the atmosphere perhaps warm last? Yet, those as well, the layers of the atmosphere … warming eventually … none the less?

    In the meantime, warming from the inside out of the planet, if that does take place … i.e., as a result of solar energy streaming in over time from coronal hole streams … perhaps the heat increasing first at the equator and a midst the tropics … but as that heat heads north and south … heralding ice melting at the poles, in due course … more volcanic activity and earthquakes, as well …

    If mass extinctions result, eventually … another part of the mix, that? Hmm …

  3. We also seem to be heading for the Dark Ages. These so-called scientists who have tried to suppress the results of her research are no better than the Inquisition. It’s disgusting!

    • The really disturbing thing about science nowadays is that it seems to be driven by money, politics, self interest, and a desire to protect one’s reputation and pet theory, rather than a search for the truth, no matter where the truth may lie.

      Eisenhower warned about the domination of scientific research by the government, and public policy in his farewell address:

      Full farewell address:

      • Just re-read my own reply above about Ike’s farewell address. “…where the truth may lie.?” Purely unintentional pun. Sorry for the groaner. I was in a hurry. How about “where the truth may lead?”

    • Get ’em at their own game, I say.

      I’m liberal and female, and even I can see that many liberals wear rose-colored glasses of all the “ists” they try to accuse people of who disagree with their ideology.

      So how about we immediately smear the reputation of any scientist who refuses to acknowledge her work as being sexist because she’s a woman, eh?

    • I agree. Suppression of truth, learning, use of real money and the imposition of political correctness and immorality seem to be some of the hallmarks of a dark age.

  4. Well, the research depends on the properties of the cycles 21 – 23 being reflected accurately in cycles 24 – 26.

    It’s a hypothesis which is currently holding up in cycle 24.

    I’m assuming that the reason they only used data from cycles 21 to 23 is that that is all that is available in high quality form.

    One would of course ask the scientists if high quality data going back further existed, then why had they not used data from more historical cycles?

    Perhaps of equal interest would be to know what other predictive models of the solar dynamo are currently being evaluated and whether any others show similar accuracy within cycle 24?

    The other question of course concerns the physics behind the two dynamos and whether the solar conditions which generate them change radically from century to century.

    Right now, I’m minded to suggest that this is a very good hypothesis to test for the next 3 solar cycles, but it may turn out that it is not universally applicable for several centuries.

  5. There are serious solar physicists who are “AGW skeptics”- Anthony Watts publishes their comments on his blog WUWT. Some of these skeptic physicists have serious problems with Prof. Zharkova’s ideas relating to a near-term “mini-ice age” being related to the current dearth of sunspots. That said, as Yogi Berra noted “it’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.”

  6. As far as the climate of the earth this period of time is in no way unique.

    The climate in the big picture is controlled by Milankovitch Cycles, Land Ocean arrangements, with Solar Activity and the Geo Magnetic Field Strength of the earth superimposed upon this.

    These factors then exert influences on the terrestrial items on the earth that determine the climate.

    Terrestrial Items

    Atmospheric Circulation

    Sea Surface Temperatures

    Global Cloud Coverage

    Global Snow Coverage

    Global Sea Ice Coverage


    Volcanic Activity

    All of this gives an x climate over x time. The historical climatic record supports this.

    That is WHAT likely makes the climate change, NOT the scam they promote which is AGW.

    The historical climatic record showing this period of time in the climate is in no way unique while changes in CO2 concentrations having no correlation in leading to resultant climate changes.

    Now how the cooling evolves will have to be monitored. Of course going from an El Nino condition to an La Nina condition is going to cause an initial cooling.

    For clues that if solar is involved the depth of the cooling will have to be monitored and if the cooling is accompanied by the terrestrial items I have mentioned above.

    Each one of those terrestrial items having been shown to be linked to Milankovitch Cycles Land Ocean Arrangements in the big slow moving picture while solar and geo magnetic variability being factors that can change these terrestrial items on a much smaller time scale.

    The solar parameters needed are

    Solar Wind sub 350 km/sec.

    AP index 5 or lower

    EUV LIGHT 100 units or less

    COSMIC RAY COUNTS – 6500 or greater

    SOLAR IRRADIANCE – off by .15% or greater.

    All very attainable going forward and being compounded by a weakening geo magnetic which if attained with sufficient duration of time will translate into bringing the terrestrial items that control our climate to values which will cause the climate to cool gradually if not in a sharp drop off if certain thresholds should be meant.

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