by Elias Marat
could see temperatures drop,
food shortages on a global scale...
A scientist has warned
that Earth could be
facing a mini ice age due to the Sun
less energy and heat toward our planet...
According to the expert,
this would mean that the planet would be plunged into a period of
extreme winter and chilly cold storms during the next 30 years.
the Sun will reach its lowest activity in over two centuries
As a result of
it going into a natural period of hibernation, Earth could see
temperatures drop, resulting in food shortages on a global
could also drop by as much as one degree Celsius over a period of
roughly 12 months - an incremental yet significant change in climate
conditions that could have unpredictable results.
Zharkova, a professor at Northumbria University's department
of mathematics, physics, and electrical engineering,
told The Sun that the period will be an expanded
version of the solar minimums that naturally occur every 11 years.
than lasting only a few years, the "Grand Solar Minimum" could last
for up to 33 years.
The professor, who
has published multiple scientific papers on the subject, said:
"The Sun is approaching a
Less sunspots will be formed on
the solar surface and thus less energy and radiation will be
emitted towards the planets and the Earth.
The reduction in temperature will
results in cold weathers on Earth,
wet and cold summers
and wet winters...
We will possibly get big frosts as
is happening now in Canada where they see [temperatures] of -50º
C (-122º F).
But this is only
the start of GSM,
there is more to come in the next 33 years."
The last Grand
Solar Minimum known to have occurred was the
Maunder Minimum, which
lasted from 1645 to 1715.
During that frigid
70-year period, temperatures plummeted across the globe and famous
waterways in Europe including the Thames and Amsterdam canal
completely froze over.
"We can only hope that the
will not be as severe as it was during the Maunder Minimum.
This would dramatically affect
food harvests in middle latitudes, because the vegetables and
fruits will not have enough time for harvesting.
So it could lead to a food deficit
for people and animals, as we seen in the past couple of years
when the snow in Spain and Greece in April and May demolished
[their] veggie fields, and the UK had a deficit of broccoli, and
other fruits and veggies."
experts believe that the cold period that occurred during the
Maunder Minimum was also triggered by other factors including the
gigantic plumes of ash spewed out in a series of volcanic eruptions.
climate change will ensure that the world remains in
the grip of
fast-heating planetary conditions regardless of any
Grand Solar Minimums.
Matthew Owens, a solar scientist at Reading University, told
"The small reduction in the Sun's
energy associated with a solar minimum is vastly offset by
effects caused by human activity, such as
CO2 in the
Thus there will probably be no
detectable effect on global climate."