The article that followed the scare mongering headline attempted to make a mountain out of a molehill and failed. Interspersed amongst speculations over a world crisis precipitated by violent sunspot activity was the truth: The sun is the quietest it has ever been.
By normal reckoning, the sun should be well into the upswing of the eleven-year sunspot cycle. The fact is, the sun went quiet around May, 2006 and that quiet period persists to this day. As an example, the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory report for April 9, 2009 shows a typical placid sun.
So, why the obfuscation over sunspot activity? Could it be that the current quiescent sun has been cited as the reason for the recent global cooling?