UK Researchers, Little Ice Age was Global: Sun Plays Role

A team of UK researchers has shed new light on the climate of the Little Ice Age, and rekindled debate over the role of the sun in climate change. The new study, which involved detailed scientific examination of a peat bog in southern South America, indicates that the most extreme climate episodes of the Little Ice Age were felt not just in Europe and North America, which is well known, but apparently globally. These extreme times coincide with periods when it is known that the sun was unusually quiet. In the late 17th to mid-18th centuries it had very few sunspots—fewer even than during the run of recent cold winters in Europe, which other UK scientists have linked to a relatively quiet sun.

More from the University of Gloucestershire, HERE.

H/T to Benny Peiser at GWPF

7 thoughts on “UK Researchers, Little Ice Age was Global: Sun Plays Role

  1. Russ Steele November 24, 2014 / 11:26 am

    The current sun is becoming quieter as we limp toward Solar Cycle 25, which is projected to be even quieter. This could bring on the next grand minimum, which is still looking for an official name.

    • Anthony j. Mengotto November 25, 2014 / 8:04 pm

      Usually, the minimum is named after the person that first discovered the solar cycle minimum coming. I could start calling this minimum, The Archibald Minimum or The Bellamy Minimum The Casey Minimum or The Sharp Minimum or how about The Steele minimum? Yes, you have known for a while now, that is why you started your old blog web site called The Dalton Minimum Returns, that was back in 2006. And it’s people like you, and the other’s that I have named above that should get the recognition of being named after this coming minimum whoever that may be.

      • Russ Steele November 25, 2014 / 11:05 pm

        I am flattered, but doubt it will happen. There were others that went before me, especially Archibald.

      • sean2829 November 28, 2014 / 12:57 pm

        I think Leif Svalgaard has suggested the Eddy Minimum fo solar physicist Jack Eddy.

  2. rishrac November 24, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    I bought some carbon credits at rock bottom prices just in case the worse possible outcome happens. … A law gets passed that’s limits the amount of carbon a household can produce while we descend into an a much colder world.

  3. Rick December 15, 2014 / 6:49 am

    Should I invest in orange juice futures? Only half-kidding.

    • Russ Steele December 15, 2014 / 1:33 pm

      Wheat futures might be a good bet. [grin]

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