Some global warming denialists will go to great lengths to deny global warming...
The conference, while it did caution about a Maunder minimum, drew few conclusions about the lack of activity and indeed, even though we are currently in a cycle that should see a solar maximum in 2013 (and possibly one of the largest ever), it was noted that 2008 and 2009 saw very few sunspots.
And yet, both years were among the warmest on record, globally. Most scientists are hesitant to even draw the conclusion that THE Little Ice Age was caused by a Maunder minimum.
The "Little Ice Age" was a period of cool temperatures that extended from the medieval historical period until the 19th Century and could be responsible for some of the great social progressive changes in that time period, from the American and French Revolutions to introduction of beer to the New World (yes, I consider that progress!) to the women's suffrage movement.