Real risk of a Maunder minimum 'Little Ice Age' says leading scientist .
Following analysis of the data, Professor Lockwood believes solar activity is now falling more rapidly than at any time in the last 10,000 years. He found 24 different occasions in the last 10,000 years when the sun was in exactly the same state as it is now - and the present decline is faster than any of those 24.
Based on his findings he’s raised the risk of a new Maunder minimum from less than 10% just a few years ago to 25-30%. And a repeat of the Dalton solar minimum which occurred in the early 1800s, which also had its fair share of cold winters and poor summers, is, according to him, ‘more likely than not’ to happen.
And, of course, just to keep in good relations with the AGW crowd, the 'usual disclaimer' at the article end. This disclaimer now, is the newest explanation, lacking any current science, for why the embarrassing global surface temp pause will not 'soil' the agenda.