A bombshell study from a team of scientists, led by professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University, suggests .
Zharkova and her team came to their alarming conclusions by producing a mathematical model of the sun’s magnetic fields.
Her findings suggest a “huge reduction” in solar activity for 33 years between 2020 and 2053 will cause global temperatures to plummet.
As solar activity decreases, temperatures will dip to freezing lows not seen since the 1600s – a period known as Maunder Minimum, her model predicts.
During the last Maunder Minimum, between 1645 to 1715, temperatures plummeted low enough to in London.
BIG CHILL: Professor Valentina Zharkova is predicting a global cool down in the coming years
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Zharkova said the next mini ice age will be “slightly shorter” but no less brutal.
Speaking to Sputnik, she explained: “They keep repeating every 350-400 years because the Sun goes through this [period of] minimum activity.
She said planet Earth has “natural mechanisms” designed to withstand ice ages and has done so “for billions of years and survived”.
However, Zharkova said there is a risk crops “won’t be able to grow properly”, meaning food supplies could dwindle across the world.
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“Less radiation and a dropping temperatures it means that vegetables won‘t be able to grow properly.”
Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University
She said: “The problem will be for us to pass through the minimum of current magnetic field activity, which will come in the next 30 years, because I can only guess that the vegetation period will start reducing.
“If you have less [solar] emissions, less radiation and a dropping temperatures it means that vegetables won‘t be able to grow properly, wheat can‘t grow properly, so we might have a problem with some sorts of food which we will probably need to think through.”
The reduction in global warming will only last until the sun becomes more active again in the 2050s, Zharkova said.
“We have to be sorted by that time and prepare everything on Earth for the next big solar activity,” she said.
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Speaking to Daily Star Online earlier this year, Zharkova said her model can predict solar cycles with 97% accuracy.
David Dilley, CEO of Global Weather Oscillations, believes due to a combination of “dangerous” climate factors.
His research shows that by 2019, Earth will enter a natural 120-year cooling cycle that happens roughly every 230 years, bucking the warming trend.