(NewsMax.com) - A San Francisco-based scientist says that current solar activity strongly indicates that the earth is on the verge of a new ice age.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The scientist's observations are sound. His prediction is a little extreme, but it is consistent with history. 'Global Warming' is real, but then so is 'Global Cooling.' Both are real and actual phenomena of the earth's history that cannot be denied. The earth goes through temperature cycles. Some of them occur about once every thousand years, and some occur about once every ten-thousand years. All of them coincide with the cycles of the sun.
"Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh," warns Phil Chapman writing in The Australian. Chapman is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer who was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut.
"The scariest photo I have seen . . . is at www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory [SOHO], located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity," Chapman wrote, adding ominously that "what is scary about the picture is that there is only one tiny sunspot."
"This is where SOHO comes in," he explained. "The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No. 24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers."
That, he writes did not happen. "The first sunspot appeared in January this year and lasted only two days. A tiny spot appeared last Monday but vanished within 24 hours. Another little spot appeared this Monday. Pray that there will be many more, and soon."
Why? According to Chapman "there is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and earth's climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790. Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon's Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots."
Although the rapid temperature decline in 2007 coincided with the failure of cycle No. 24 to begin on schedule is not proof of a causal connection, Chapman warns that it is cause for concern...
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Sunspots are the key. The more sunspots the sun produces, the warmer the inner planets of the solar system get (Venus, Earth & Mars). The fewer sunspots the sun produces, the cooler these planets become. This has been confirmed by NASA, and meteorologists have been studying the polar ice caps for decades. For the last thirty years, the earth has gone through a gentle warming cycle ("gentle" in geologic terms). It's not the warmest the earth has ever been. In fact, it was warmer during the middle ages. But it is the warmest it's been in modern history. This is because the earth has been emerging from a mini ice age for the last 300 years. Now it would appear, at least to the latest scientific observations, that this mini ice age may have been just a precursor to a much larger one coming in the very near future (within a century).
Politicians have sought to capitalize on global warming pseudo-science which claims that man made carbon emissions are responsible for the recent global warming trend. This is in spite of authentic scientific data which shows a direct correlation between solar sunspots and rising global temperatures on Venus, Earth and Mars. The reason why politicians seize on this is the same reason why they seize on anything that might be made into a "crisis." It's all about power. Politicians around the globe have sought to use the global warming pseudo-science as a means to scaring the people into letting them consolidate more power into government bureaucracies. For the most part, the overwhelming vast majority of western countries have fallen right into this trap.
Now, however, it looks like mother nature is about to call down this pseudo-science political bluff, and if (or when) she does, the results could be catastrophic. The history of man demonstrates two things. The first is that global warming is good. Every time the average temperature of the earth rose, it was always accompanied by growth and expansion of human civilization. The second is that global cooling is bad. Every time the global temperature of the earth dropped, it was always accompanied by famine, disease, wars, and the collapse of human civilization. People and Ice Ages don't usually get along very well.