Whenever some controversial pieces of news stuff entire pages of the internet and social media, exaggeration, overreaction and controversy appears. Us, humans are designed to maximize effects of insignificant things and turn simple things into sophisticated theories. Climate change is a highly debated subject these months, taking shape as both a salvation for some communities who benefit from heavy rainfall and as a curse for civilized countries who are facing high levels of temperature.
Speculation here, there and everywhere states that the sun might be going sabbatical somewhere in the future, leaving the world on its own, to deal with a mini ice age in no more than 15 years. Don’t believe the truth says a famous quote, because the truth may someday become real. But until “someday” happens, we are here to deny the truth behind the mini ice age that awaits for us around the corner of the next 15 years.
A previous public debate over the sun’s solar cycle lead to the shaky prediction that “solar activity will fall by 60% during the 2030’s. However, it seems that the meaning of the mentioned debate got lost somewhere between the sun and the mini ice age which are not related, after all. Humanity is still far from facing such extreme climate changes, as we are presently dealing with a slower death of normal weather and an extreme rise in temperature. Any other information related to future changes is yet irrelevant, as we are hardly facing the reality we already live in.
The reference to a mini ice age in the presentation which allowed for speculation was not a quote coming from the speaker’s part, as she declared she never mentioned anything about the weather change. Media has its way of manipulating information and so it is that the news spread quickly to popular media horizons.
Predictions released are not even part of any published study from any peer-reviewed journal. This ice age that stirred controversy is not necesarrily caused by the state of the sun after all, but it could happen because of volcanoes. Seemingly, particles in the air from volcanic eruptions may have been reflecting away solar radiation that could otherwise have been keeping the surroundings warmer.
“Scientists warn the sun will go to sleep in 2030 and could cause temperatures to plummet”. A future Ice Age is merely a bedtime story phrase, one that may leave our minds wondering about the future when we can think of the present instead.
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