17 06 11 - 06:46Nature loves irony. Not the kind of irony the hipster likes, which is the illogical dressed up as the novel, but irony as in a reversal of fate that becomes a gift:
Three independent studies of the sun's insides, surface, and upper atmosphere all predict that the next solar cycle will be significantly delayedâif it happens at all. Normally, the next cycle would be expected to start roughly around 2020.
The combined data indicate that we may soon be headed into what's known as a grand minimum, a period of unusually low solar activity.
The predicted solar "sleep" is being compared to the last grand minimum on record, which occurred between 1645 and 1715.
Known as the Maunder Minimum, the roughly 70-year period coincided with the coldest spell of the Little Ice Age, when European canals regularly froze solid and Alpine glaciers encroached on mountain villages.
"With what's happening in current timesâwe've added considerable amounts of carbon dioxide and methane and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere," said Pesnell, who wasn't involved in the suite of new sun studies.
"I don't think you'd see the same cooling effects today if the sun went into another Maunder Minimum-type behavior." - National Geographic
So, uh, ...why aren't we hearing more about this in the mainsteam media?
It doesn't fit the narrative, for starters. (The narrative is always: the rich fucked us, even while we overbred past carrying capacity. We're all equal; if anything went wrong, it was the people in charge, not us.)
But also it's too brain staggering for us to think. A great irony -- perhaps.
Even more, we're still afraid to admit that global warming is a symbol, a surrogate. We want one thing that symbolizes all of our mistreatment of the environment.
Of course, we forget to include slash and burn agriculture and overpopulation -- doesn't fit the narrative.
It's not global warming we should fear. That's a paper tiger. What we should fear is OVERPOPULATION which results in LAND OVERUSE which results in species depletion, destruction of natural ecosystems, and interruption of air/water/nutrient supplies.
But that's too much for TV, newspapers, magazines and political candidates.
Better to go talk about carbon caps -- it's just money, after all -- instead.