It's based on a mathematical model that shows the sun might "quiet" down in the coming years thus impacting our climate as well. This is not a climate change denial article, so please read it before commenting.
A few months ago, NASA published a study showing that Antarctica is actually gaining more ice than it is losing.
They made the announcement after using satellites to examine the heights of the region's ice sheet. The findings contradict the prevailing theory that Antarctica has actually been shrinking, however.
The paper is titled "Mass changes of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets and Shelves and Contributions to Sea-level Rise - 1992-2002" and was published in the Journal of Glaciology.
The authors of this study are from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and the cause of this ice gain isn't entirely known, but a number of theories are mentioned in the paper.
It is worth mentioning, however that NASA was blasted by dozens of their own scientists regarding their global warming stance, even though a number of the world's top scientists have questioned just how much an impact greenhouse gases have on climate change. You can read more about that here.
Perhaps there are other factors contributing to climate change?
Just a few years ago, Antarctic ice extent had reached an all-time high (source - source). There are many theories as to why this is so, and one of them includes the effects of supposed global warming, but not everyone agrees.
That's a completely separate topic, however, and you can learn more about it in the articles linked at the end of this article.
When it comes to climate change, a lot of emphasis is put on human activity, and rightfully so, as our ways here need to change. Perhaps in our fervor to discover our own culpability in this shift, however, we missed a few things along the way.
What about the natural cycles of climate change Earth experiences, and has experienced?
It's a scientific fact that fluctuations in the solar cycle impact earth's global temperature, as do other massive bodies flying in and around our solar system.
The most recent research to examine this topic comes from the National Astronomy Meeting in Wales, where Valentina Zharkova, a mathematics professor from North Umbria University (UK), presented a model that can predict what solar cycles will look like far more accurately than was previously possible.
She states that the model can predict their influence with an accuracy of 97 percent, and says it is showing that Earth is heading for a "mini ice age" in approximately fifteen years.
According to the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS):
Zharkova and her team came up with the model using a method called "principal component analysis" of the magnetic field observations, from the Wilcox Solar Observatory in California.
Looking forward to the next few solar cycles, her model predicts that from 2030 to 2040 there will be cause for a significant reduction in solar activity, which again, will lead to a mini ice age.
According to Zharkova:
Pretty interesting to think about it, isn't it?
With so much attention being paid to the warming of our planet, it would be quite a shocker to suddenly enter into an ice age.
Again, this has nothing to due with human impact on climate change, more so the activity of the sun and how solar cycles impact our climate as well. This is not a climate change denial article.
It's basically bringing up the fact that there are more factors to consider that play a role in climate change.