Anthony Watts has solar magnetic activity in “code blue” territory, as evidenced by the 10.7 cm radio flux flatlining. The Ap magnetic index continues to fall after a distinct and striking downshift way back in October of 2005. Cycle 24 spots are not forming; we have now only a series of weak, sputtering cycle 23 spots, widely separated by ominous quiet, long after cycle 24 was to be in full bloom.
Each of these three types of observations (Ap, 10.7 cm radio, cycle length) has infinitely more significance to climate prediction than carbon dioxide content in atmosphere. Yet we fixate on the carbon dioxide, and the small part of it which is generated by man.
While not related to carbon dioxide at all, the amplitude of sunspot cycles (in sunspot count) is related closely to the Ap minimum observed at the start of the cycle:
Similarly, the sheer length of cycle 23, is related to the amplitude of the next cycle, as are the Aa index, and the 10.7 cm radio flux. All are in agreement in predicting a prolonged period of solar inactivity.
Extended sunspot-free periods are historically associated with wickedly, fatally, cold climate conditions, lasting decades. Food which today is abundant will become scarce, expensive, and its variety will drastically diminish. This is from real history, to be ignored (or revised) at significant peril.
There is no good news from this information. If we started in earnest today, increasing energy supplies and planning for short season crops, we might have a chance to save lives and reduce human suffering.
Al Gore has a much different idea. You should ignore the apparently conclusive evidence from the sun (that a sunspot minimum and little ice age are unfolding), and instead start pumping carbon dioxide down abandoned mine shafts. You should completely abandon development of realistically available energy resources (see Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them, by misanthrope James Hansen). Al Gore and his disciples in the church of global warming have made it all but impossible for humans to adapt to reality. The fate of any species which cannot adapt is bleak. Owing to the assiduous efforts of Al Gore and his deluded, collectivist church, humans are not presently disposed to adapt to the Al Gore Minimum or any climatic event except the impossible event: global warming caused by anthropogenic carbon dioxide.
All systems are a strong “go” for the next little ice age; the Al Gore Minimum. At this point, it looks more like a full-blown Maunder event than the less devastating Dalton Minimum.
The Al Gore Minimum will be the most significant, if not the most tragic, event in human history, it now seems likely. Good luck, Al Gore, in revising this when it is history.