Forget global warming, worry about the MAGNETOSPHERE: Earth’s magnetic field is collapsing and it could affect the climate and wipe out power grids
Earth’s magnetic field has weakened by 15 per cent over the last 200 years
Could be a sign that the planet’s north and south poles are about to flip
If this happens, solar winds could punch holes into the Earth’s ozone layer
This could damage power grids, affect weather and increase cancer rates
Evidence of flip happening in the past has been uncovered in pottery
As the magnetic shield weakens, the spectacle of an aurora would be visible every night all over the Earth
By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
27 January 2014
Deep within the Earth, a fierce molten core is generating a magnetic field capable of defending our planet against devastating solar winds.
The protective field extends thousands of miles into space and its magnetism affects everything from global communication to animal migration and weather patterns.
But this magnetic field, so important to life on Earth, has weakened by 15 per cent over the last 200 years. And this, scientists claim, could be a sign that the Earth’s poles are about to flip.