Meteorology (Weather)/mini ice age

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Iv`e seen on tv, & on the internet that the earth is entering a mini ice age, like the one that made the Thames freeze over every winter a couple of hundred years ago. I find this very scary because I find normal winters hard enough to deal with, let alone arctic weather. Is there any way that these predictions could be wrong, or are we all about to freeze to death?

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Hi Catherine

With regard to the Thames:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1241292/And-think-cold--great-chills-his

and the history of temperatures in England:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/

Some views are that the Global warming may not cause very cold winters:

http://tinyurl.com/m44vqqf

http://www.thegwpf.org/global-warming-cold-winters-researchers-error/

So, there may be occasional very cold winters but the question of how long this phenomena occurs has not been settled.  

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