Italian website downplays the idea that we’re headed in a Little Ice Age by comparing it to a “real” ice age.
(Following is my interpretation of a Google translation of the Italian article. Please let me know if you think I’ve grossly missed the real meaning of the story.)
In recent days, several national newspapers (I assume Italian newspapers) have warned that the present fall in solar activity will cause an Ice Age within a few years, says freddofili.it.
Those warnings are based on a NASA statement that “The decrease in solar activity is the largest for over 10,000 years,” and that an “Ice Age is expected from 2019”.
This statement, in turn, was made by meteorologist Paul Dorian, in agreement with studies by Dr. Valentina Zharkov.
“It is, as usual, journalistic and scientific hype with a grain of truth, which blends reality and fantasy,” the article continues.
Both the Maunder and Dalton Minimums “were characterized by a sharp drop in global temperatures, on the order of about 1 ° C on average, so far removed from 10-15 ° C typical decline of a real ice age … ..”
But the effects would be far from the catastrophic scenarios that occur during a sudden Ice Age (as have been well described in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow”).
Just for the record, please let it be known that I have never agreed with the scenarios described in “The Day After Tomorrow.”
Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link