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originally posted by: CharlesT
Read this just yeaterday.
Lack of Solar Activity Could Create Food Scarcity by 2023
It discusses the effect of solar activity on earth's climate.
Sunspot activity has been monitored for the last 250 years, and cycles occur every 11 years, according to phys.org. The current cycle began in 2008 and sunspot activity peaked in 2014.
At one end of the 11-year cycle, the sun is relatively quiet, meaning there are few sunspots and flares. The solar max, the other end of the cycle, has an increased number of sunspots and more frequent solar storms.
Sunspots are one factor Shawn Hackett of Hackett Financial Advisors is observing that could play a large role in agriculture over the next five years, and we won’t be experiencing normal weather that we are used to seeing.
“There’s a very consistent solar radiation hits the earth, and it causes a certain amount of weather volatility that’s reasonable and the world can grow plenty of food within the confines,” he told AgDay host Clinton Griffiths.
According to his firm’s research, the sun is less active every 200 years and “all the weather variables get turned upside down.”
He cites fourth quarter drought in Argentina and the U.S. and flooding in France as evidence.
“Things are happening that haven’t happened in a long time,” said Hackett. “It’s just the beginning.”
He says we are entering a 5-year trough, which is where the greatest weather volatility.
“We have data that goes back to the 1600s and 1800s from ice core samples, tree rings, and from actually written testimony of the kind of problems that they had,” said Hackett.
If this pans out, Hackett expects to see a world with localized famines and food scarcity. He says he’s not out to spread gloomy news.
“It’s not going to be pleasant,” said Hackett. “It’s going to be a very difficult time. We’re going to have to come up with new ways of growing food in this more difficult environment.”
originally posted by: CynConcepts
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: nOraKat
How was fresh water entering into the ocean through melting ice measured 1600 years ago?
If one were to read my source link that I had provided above, they would find that ice core samples have allowed scientist to follow the climatic change even further back into time.
Reply to MteWamp: Real and honest Scientists will have no fear of losing their jobs. Understanding the cycles, allows humans to properly prepare for the changes. They will always be needed. There is no need to create doomsday scenarios, that is simply media drama and politics for other reasons.
Nah. Based on predictions there could be as many as 3 years to go. But until sunspot activity begins to steadily increase, we won't know when the minimum actually occurred and the new cycle started.
Actually, I've seen that we are into cycle 25
originally posted by: chiefsmom
Seems to me, if you were able to get some scientists, to say the climate was going to cause problems in agriculture, which will lead to a food shortage, then you paid farmers not to grow (yeah, they do that), then you could make some money during the shortage.
Just a thought
It's because spots appearing this early in a cycle - even before a minimum is well established - are quite rare. We could speculate that solar minimum may arrive early and/or may be brief, more evidence regarding the seemingly stochastic component of the development of the solar magnetic cycle.