“Recent research by Professor Valentina Zharkova and colleagues at Northumbria University has shed new light on the inner workings of the Sun. If correct, this new discovery means that future solar cycles and variations in the Sun’s activity can be predicted more accurately.
“The research suggests that the next three solar cycles will see solar activity reduce significantly into the middle of the century, producing conditions similar to those last seen in the 1700s – during the Maunder Minimum. [KH — When the River Thames use to freeze over every winter sufficient to bear the weight of horses and showground equipment.]
“This may have implications for temperatures here on Earth. Future solar cycles will serve as a test of the astrophysicists’ work, but some climate scientists have not welcomed the research and even tried to suppress the new findings.” (Global Warming Policy Forum, 9 August 2016)
“Some [critics] were welcoming and discussing. But some of them were quite — I would say — pushy. They were trying to actually silence us. Some of them contacted the Royal Astronomical Society, demanding, behind our back, that they withdraw our press release. The Royal Astronomical Society replied to them and said, ‘Look, this is the work by the scientists who we support, please discuss this with them.’ ” (Professor Valentina Zharkova, 9 August 2016) [KH —Prof Zharkova is, in fact, highly regarded by the RAS and has alreaey recived one of its top research awards.]
“The sun is in good shape and has a ‘healthy heartbeat’ which will last at least another five billion years, says Prof Valentina Zharkova, of Northumbria University. Professor Zharkova says this regular heartbeat of the sun is subject to predictable fluctuations of its magnetic field, and over the next few years as it enters a lull temperatures, here on earth, will plummet.
“Prof Zharkova says her research is ‘the first serious prediction of a reduction of solar activity and an upcoming Maunder Minimum that might affect human lives’. Her predictions fly in the face of much of what is being said and written about global temperatures.
“Prof Zharkova says: “When it comes to controlling the earth’s temperature, the sun trumps the work of mankind infinitesimally.” She added: “How this reduction of temperature will be partially offset by global warming and increasing temperatures caused by the technological progress of human civilization remains to be seen.” ” — Peter McCusker, Newcastle Chronicle, 13 July 2016