Caution – Spin doctors at work.
“News about an imminent ‘mini ice age’ is trending — but it’s not true,” shouts the headline in the Washington Post.
That headline refers to stories racing across the web about newly discovered cycles on the sun that could propel the earth into to a mini ice age in just 15-years. (Also see Scientists say Sun’s heartbeat will bring on Ice Age)
Those stories are based research revealed just last week by University of Northumbria mathematics professor Valentina Zharkova and her colleagues. Zharkova presented her findings at the Royal Astronomical Society’s national meeting.
But the Washington Post wants you to ignore Ms. Zharkova.
“Zharkova never even used the phrase ‘mini ice age,'” the WaPo asserts.
True. But that’s irrelevant.
Granted, Zharkova did not use that particular phrase. But look at what she did say: “We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum’,” said Zharkova.
Anyone who has done even a cursory study of the Maunder minimum and the Little Ice Age knows that those two terms are almost inextricably linked. Trying to discount her findings in such a disingenuous way would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous.
But then, the WaPo makes an even more startling pronouncement: That “Little Ice Age” that occurred during the Maunder minimum “wasn’t so much a global ice age as a cold spell in Europe,” the article asserts.
“A cold spell”?
During the Little Ice Age, glaciers began expanding out of the Alps and the Pyrenees. Many farmers were forced to petition for lower taxes because their fields were covered in ice. That’s “a cold spell?”
Not just their fields, in the Chamonix valley near Mont Blanc, France, numerous villages were lost to the advancing front of ice.
Entire villages wiped out by ice, and we’re supposed to think it was a mere “cold spell?”
During the Little Ice Age, growing seasons were severely shortened … on both ends. First, farmers were forced to plant several weeks later in the season. Then, the cold and rain destroyed their crops before they could be harvested, and millions of people died of starvation,
Literally millions of people died of starvation during the Little Ice Age … and they call it “a cold spell?”
Thanks to Adam Nottage for this link