A Scientist Warns That We Could Go Through A Mini Ice-Age Soon
The ice age was a tough time in Earth’s history. Many animals migrated across great distances and some never made it out of the Ice Age to see the next few years afterward. Humans are adaptive creatures and were able to weather the storm that the time brought.
While the time of the Wooly Mammoths is a distant memory, there is evidence to suggest that the Earth may be in store for another Ice Age. Many people might see it as fringe groups spreading misinformation, but this is coming from a worried scientist at NASA.
“We see a cooling trend,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA. “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.”
It’s quite startling to think that something out of our control could cause the next ice age.
According to scientific evidence, Sunspot activity lasts 11 years as the number increase or decrease.
This year the sun has shown very few spots, an indication that the year may be colder than expected.
“It could happen in a matter of months,” said Mlynczak, a scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center.
The evidence gathered by NASA’s team predicts that the sun will achieve something called ‘solar minimum’ either in 2019 or 2020. When this happens, the star will release far less heat than normal, possibly affecting weather on the surface of the planet.
The only other time in recorded history the Earth has gone through a mini-Ice Age was in the 17th century. It was known as the Maunder Minimum and even froze over the River Thames.
Valentina Zharkova, a mathematics professor at Northumbria University, is keeping her fingers crossed.
“I hope global warming will be overridden by this effect, giving humankind and the Earth 30 years to sort it out.” Michael Brown, an associate professor at Monash University in Australia, has a different outlook on the whole thing. “A new Maunder Minimum would slow climate change, but it is not enough to stop it.”
It just remains us to keep wondering:”Will there be another ice age?“