Scientists Say Earth Could Plunge Into A ‘Mini Ice Age’ By 2050 As The Sun Emits Less Radiation

What do you imagine the world will be like in 2050? Could we have flying cars and hover boards? How about an ice age? According to a study conducted at UC San Diego, we just might.

Some scientists at UC San Diego think that our sun could start emitting less radiation by the middle of the century, leading us into what they are calling a “mini ice age.” The event would happen because of something called a “grand minimum,” which is a period of time in which the Sun will have diminished magnetism, and fewer sunspots. Less UV radiation would also reach Earth during this period. This event is expected to last about 50 years, according to the study.

CBS Denver reports that scientists are comparing this upcoming cooling cycle with another one, which took place about 300 years ago, from 1645 to 1715. That 70-year stretch was part of what scientists now call the “Little Ice Age,” which itself lasted from 1300 to 1850.

Scientists at UC San Diego were sure to say that this mini ice age might give “planet Earth a chance to warm a bit more slowly but not halt the trend of human-induced climate change.”

I guess it’s time to start thinking about investing in an even better winter coat!

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Photos: NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection; Flickr / Richard Hurd

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