The sun has entered its weakest solar cycle for a century. not since cycle 14 which peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are more than six years into solar cycle 24 and the sun is spotless despite being in the solar maximum phase of the cycle. Cycle 24 began after a very deep solar minimum that lasted 2007-2009 which included more spotless days compared to any minimum in a century. the X-ray output is a good measure of the sun`s activity. See graphic where the x-ray output is flatlining. (From NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Centre USA published in American Thinker 18 February 2015 Report by Thomas Lifson. Ack: wattsupwiththat blog). Previous low sun activity have been the "Maunder Minimum 1645-1715 named after the solar astronomer Edward Maunder.. Also the Dalton Minimum 1790-1830 named after the English meteorologist John Dalton. both these were part of what is known as The Little Ice Age when people were able to skate on the river Thames.
With the great lakes in Canada frozen over and with temperatures in North America as low as -28celsius and the lowest for 20 years it is clear the earth is entering a new climate age, not global warming but rapidly global cooling! In the UK the Guardian newspaper has reported 28 000 deaths in the fortnight ending 23 January according to the ONS(Office for National Statics). This is 32% higher than the average for that period over the previous five years(21 859)..