Almost every scientist that studies the global climate (or climates) is certain that we are heading to disaster. Too many people are calling this little blue dot in the universe their home. They are producing ever more greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Together these gases have a range of ongoing and future impacts, including sea level rise, increased frequencies and severities of some extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity, and regional changes in agricultural productivity.
Now, scientists have mapped the movement of solar fluid that moves in roughly 11-year cycles, which correspond to weather cycles on Earth. Around the year 2022 (labeled Cycle 25), a pair of waves will be moving to the Northern and Southern Hemispheres of the Sun, getting slowly out of sync and reducing solar activity – and thus potentially cooling our climate.
Already, sunspots have been absent for most of 2018, and the sun’s ultraviolet output has sharply dropped. New research shows that Earth’s upper atmosphere is already responding.
So, what will it be: bathing suits and cool wine or skating and hot chocolate?
 Shepherd et al: Prediction of Solar Activity from Solar Background Magnetic Field Variations in Cycles 21-23 in The Astrophysical Journal - 2018. See here.