A "Mini-Ice Age" Could Hit Earth By 2030, Scientists Warn

Amid rising concerns over the effects of global warming, a group of scientists has claimed that the Earth could in a little over a decade be hit by a "mini ice age" that would freeze major rivers. The startling prediction is based on a mathematical model of the Sun's magnetic energy which also suggests that Earth's temperature will start dropping in 2021.

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The plummeting temperature will then lead to something called the "Maunder minimum", which is referred to a previous mini ice age that occurred between 1646 and 1715, turning London's Thames into a frozen river, scientists claimed. The latest research, led by maths professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University, is built on a previous research that predicts the movements of two magnetic waves produced by the Sun. It also foretells rapidly decreasing magnetic waves for three solar cycles that will begin in 2021, and last for as many as 33 years.

According to the model, the two magnetic waves will become increasingly offset during Cycle 25, which peaks in 2022. During Cycle 26 between 2030 and 2040, the waves will become out of sync, causing reduction in solar activity by as much as 60 percent.

“In cycle 26, the two waves exactly mirror each other — peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the Sun,” Zharkova reportedly said in 2015 while conducting a previous research on the phenomenon. “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'.”

Although Zharkova claimed 97 percent accuracy for the model that corresponds to previous mini ice ages, she did warn that her model could not be used as proof of a future mini ice age, partly because of global warming. The new research paper on the findings was published this year in Astronomy & Geophysics.

“I hope global warning will be overridden by this effect, giving humankind and the Earth 30 years to sort out our pollution,” Zharkova told Sky News, adding that any possible downward impact on global warming will last until 2050s when the Sun's two magnetic waves become active again. “We have to be sorted by that time and prepare everything on Earth for the next big solar activity.”


  1. Of course, this does not include the increased use of fossil fuel that will be needed to keep homes warm during the new ice age. Such use will increase atmospheric CO2 and either offset the cooling, or, more probably, cause a greater warming once the ice age ends. Worry folks. Worry. Only Government can save us. Worry.


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  5. 2014 report. Find one dated 2018, the trend is observable now

  6. However it depends on the range of this mini ice-age, will it affect the higher and lower north and southern hemisphere, or will it range entirely through and towards the equator? Simply put as its the warmest point on earth, i'm likely sure it wouldn't affect those living along the equator if it wasn't a complete disaster. But put into words the world already has too many people and resources are used up faster, pollution is worse than it was in 1920, the technological development and life sustain only adds onto the list of issues. Humans through science and medication and exceeded past the life expectancy of those who lived before the 1900's. Articles stated that it is possible humans could even exceed past the life expectancy of our generation to this day, living well past 110's and possibly 130's. With the increasing human population well over 7 billion people we would see that things would only proceed to decline.

  7. An Ice Age, like the last Ice age does not start with it getting colder all over the world. It starts when more snow falls on the Northern Hemisphere in winter than melts in summer and when this is repeated over and over for a few centuries. Glaciers form, push South, and eventually after a few centuries much of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in Ice. This will be a singular catastrophe. Sea level will fall as 20% to 30% of the world's water is tied up in the ice sheets and glaciers. Droughts on the regions not covered by the ice will be the rule, and there will only be a few enclaves where civilization may continue. I am 79 years old. I am live to see the start of the catastrophe, but I surely will not see how humanity deals with it.


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