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Maundering Minimums: Will Earth Enter Another Ice Age?

Recently, I appeared as a guest on Lan Lamphere’s popular radio program Overnight AM Radio, where the astute host and I spent some time discussing a subject that typically gets short-shrifted in the paranormal community: climate change.

Like many aspects of the world around us, it seems there is much to the nature of this planet that sees little attention in the mainstream media; sometimes, we’re lucky if we see anything reported about these subjects at all.

One particular instance that comes to mind here is the way heliospheric phenomenon (solar activity) may be affecting changes here on Earth, or even on other planets. Erratic temperatures–both record highs and lows–are too-often blamed on anthropogenic reasons where humans are considered a prime culprit, where in reality, evidence suggests that humankind’s influence may be only one small part of a bigger climatic conundrum.

For instance, as recently as late last year astronomers had begun to note an unusual period of “solar silence” on the surface of our Sun. The peculiar absence of sunspot activity had begun to cause some worry among climatologists, who felt there could be connections between temperatures here on Earth and the way the Sun, for lack of a better term, tends to “behave.” In most instances, people who propose such a notion are corralled with the “climate skeptic” bunch, who favors the notion that, truth be known, there is no change really occurring at all. Clearly, this is not the case either… but looking between the two extremes, a point of convergence is revealed where both the science of climate change meets the unexpected notion that historically, there is evidence that suggests climate change and the Sun’s activity are interrelated. Strangely, history also tells us that this relationship has resulted not in global warming, but instead in what many have called a “little ice age” that occurred after a warming trend during the Middle Ages.

The Maunder Minimum is a historic period falling between 1645 to 1715 when sunspots, according to the observances of astronomers at the time, were very rare. Interestingly, this period of increased solar inactivity coincided with what some historians call the “Little Ice Age,” a period between the 16th and 19th centuries where bitterly cold winters affected much of Europe and North America. Iceland, for instance, lost half its population due to the exceedingly cold temperatures that resulted during this period, which were periodically interrupted by gradual, sparse intervals where warming occurred.

If we were to look at the proposition of anthropomorphic global warming today as one of these “warming trends,” what may lay waiting on the other side could be far cooler than mainstream science today would have us believe. If this happened, how would humanity adapt to such changes? Are real changes taking place on Earth being ignored by mainstream scientists? According to the testimony of Harold Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, this is exactly what has taken place, and served as the catalyst for his resignation from the American Physical Society. Below is a link to his resignation letter, where Lewis asserts that global warming itself is a scam, with “trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave.”

US physics professor: ‘Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life’

If Lewis is correct, it is indeed a sad state of affairs. Hopefully, as time goes on, we may somehow manage to break the bonds that regularly chain us to politicized motives, and in the name of true science, we’ll prevail with intelligence, not blind faith. That said, let’s just hope that humanity isn’t in for a chilly awakening a few years down the road!

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Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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