There were several news reports this week over a University of Northumbria project, which suggests that in roughly fifteen years.....we will enter a mini Ice Age.
Naturally, this got people hyped up a bit.
The details come mostly from sun activity and cycles. What they can generally say....is that the sun absolutely has cycles and it's proven over and over by the data that they collect. Unlike the model data for environmentalists which usually is proven to wrong.....the sun data goes through a cycle and you can note the impact or variations of the cycle. For a climate change guy.....it's pretty tough work to disprove this stuff. Naturally, it bothers the climate change folks because this means conflict with carbon efforts and warming efforts.
Naturally, if you got to the point of believing this....then you'd ask a question or two. If we enter such a harsh winter-like period.....won't we use more carbon to warm ourselves? Oh my....yes.
What we end up with? Well....from the 1700s....winters typically started earlier and ended later. You had a shorter spring and fall. Heating? Well....you can figure if you live up in New York or in the upper part of the US.....around twenty-five to fifty percent more heating than you currently use. This might disturb some folks.
As we get closer to the anticipated period.....my humble guess is that environmentalists and climate change folks will argue that this is related to their mess, and has little to do with the sun. After a year or two of extremely long and harsh winters.....they will lose the bulk of their believers....IF all of this comes to pass. I'm not a hundred percent in belief over this, but I tend to believe in history repeating itself, and I know the consequences of the last mini ice age.
My humble suggestion is that you might want to get into some solar heating cells in ten years and wisely invest in more insulation for the house. It might be worth it.