It has been a while since I have written about the disturbing solar trends that might -- might -- indicate something similar to a Maunder Minimum in the offing. Anthony Watts has much more here.
Why is this important?
The Maunder Minimum corresponded to the coldest part of the Little Ice Age. On that, and on several other occasions, the lowering of sunspot values seemed to be associated with colder than average world temperatures.
Could this occur again? Yes. Will it? Don't know. But, we need to find out. It is discouraging that a significant number of climate scientists are so focused on warming that they don't even acknowledge this serious threat.
Why is it a major threat?
If the worst happens with regard to global warming there are a number of strategies that could be used to mitigate its effects.
If world temperatures plummet there will simply not be enough food to feed today's population. There is no way to mitigate that.
The under-researched threat of solar-related cooling is just one of the reasons that today's climate science is becoming increasingly detached from real-world utility. Some of today's climate 'scientists' are more worried about "contrarian linguistics" and concerned about whether the moon landing was staged on a sound studio rather than actually doing work that adds something of value to our knowledge of how the climate science actually behaves.
Hat tip: Anthony Watts.