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13 October, 2010

Coldest Winter in 1,000 Years On Its Way

Coldest winter in 1,000 years on its way - RT: "After the record heat wave this summer, Russia's weather seems to have acquired a taste for the extreme.

Forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.

The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Polish scientists say that it means the stream will not be able to compensate for the cold from the Arctic winds. According to them, when the stream is completely stopped, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe..."

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Possibly due to the BP oil spill?...

GULF STREAM SHUTTING DOWN BECAUSE OF OIL SPILL? - SG Energy Crisis
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And, perhaps, another contributing factor?...

Say Goodbye to Sunspots? - ScienceNOW: "Scientists studying sunspots for the past 2 decades have concluded that the magnetic field that triggers their formation has been steadily declining. If the current trend continues, by 2016 the sun's face may become spotless and remain that way for decades—a phenomenon that in the 17th century coincided with a prolonged period of cooling on Earth..."

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