Mary Anna (1 Feb 2012)
" Volcanoes May Have Sparked Little Ice Age"

 
http://www.space.com/14415-ice-age-volcanoes-sea-ice.html

"This is the first time anyone has clearly identified the specific onset of the cold times marking the start of the Little Ice Age," said Gifford Miller, a geological sciences professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the lead study researcher. "We also have provided an understandable climate feedback system that explains how this cold period could be sustained for a long period of time."