From time to time, we're told by parts of the media that earth
is headed for another 'little ice age'. Today was the turn of The
Daily Express, in an
article urging us to "get ready" for erratic and extreme
weather in the UK.
The paper claims experts warn Britain "faces a new mini-Ice Age
with decades of severe Siberian winters and washout summers". But
the scientist the paper cites tells us he feels "very
The piece is loosely based on comments made by Professor Mike
Lockwood from the University of Reading to BBC weatherman Paul
Hudson for last night's
Inside Out programme.
The BBC programme looks back over recent cold winters in the UK
and opens with the claim, "Scientists are warning that we could be
heading towards a mini-ice age".
Hudson wrote up his take on the interview
"It's known by climatologists as the
'Little Ice Age', a period in the 1600s when harsh winters across
the UK and Europe were often severe. The severe cold went hand
in hand with an exceptionally inactive sun, and was called the
Maunder solar minimum.
Now a leading scientist from Reading University has told me that
the current rate of decline in solar activity is such that there's
a real risk of seeing a return of such conditions."