The climate is changing whether we want to admit it or not. While subtle signs have been appearing across the globe for decades, scientists think the biggest change will occur by 2030. According to a recent study, the Earth will be hit by a mini ice age so severe that it will freeze most major rivers.
In order to make this prediction, scientists based their calculations on a mathematical model of the Sun’s magnetic energy. The data obtained suggest that the Earth will experience severe climate changes starting with 2021. Temperatures will fall so dramatically that it will eventually lead to a phenomenon called the “Maunder minimum” which refers to a previous mini ice age that occurred between the 17th and 19th century. During that time, London’s Thames river was frozen solid, researchers claim.
The latest claim was made by maths professor, Valentina Zharkova, from Northumbria University. She based her findings on a previous research that predicts the movements of two magnetic waves generated by the Sun. The same research predicted that the Sun’s magnetic waves will decrease for three solar cycles, that will start from 2021 and last for about 33 years.
Based on Zharkova’s model, the two magnetic waves will become imbalanced during Cycler 25, which will peak in 2022. The two magnetic waves will be out of sync in the next cycle, which will occur between 2030 and 2040. There will be a decline in solar activity by 60 percent as a result.
According to a statement made by Zharkova in 2015, the two magnetic waves will peak at the same time in cycle 26, but in the opposite hemispheres of the Sun.
“Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other, We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘ Maunder minimum.’
While Zharkova said her prediction is 97 percent accurate, she did state that her model is not a reliable academic basis for a future mini ice age, mainly because of global warming. The findings were published in the journal, Astronomy & Geophysics.
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