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National Geographic, The Little Ice Age, and Climate Change
By Dr. Jeff Sanders

I go to my local public libraries on a regular basis to check out books and read up for these blogs.  So one day I found a really nice colorful book by National Geographic.  Aside from their belief in macro-evolution, and their recent caving to the PC crowd, I think their books and magazines are really great!  Well, this book is titled, "The Medieval World--An Illustrated Atlas" (2009, John Thompson, editor is Susan Tyler).  

What a great book!  Filled with great stories (I love reading about the Medieval World...It wasn't so "dark" after all, you know) and beautiful, colorful illustrations!  And then, I came to quite a surprise.  On page 306 the author(s) admits that "climate change" has NOTHING to do with man produced CO2!!  How so?  The book very factually and forthrightly tells us about "The Little Ice Age."

Here's the quote:. "Before the 14th century, Europe had enjoyed a relatively warm climate, enabling farmers to produce abundant and varied crops.  Lack of summer ice in the North Atlantic allowed the Vikings to explore the northern realms of the ocean from Iceland to Greenland and North America.  Thereafter, the climate underwent a change.  From about 1300 to 1800, the Little Age-- probably caused by complex interactions between atmospheric pressure and ocean currents-- brought lower than average temperatures.  Sea ice locked up formerly passable lanes in the North, while early fronts spelled crop failures in Russia and Poland.  Glaciers began advancing in Scandanavia and the Alps.  

At the beginning of this period, most of Europe benefitted from unusually dry, warm summers, owing to low pressure over Greenland.  But by the end of the 14th century, unpredictable weather wreaked havoc on food production and trade-- in some years rivers froze, in other years flooding rains brought wide-spread devastation.  Bitterly cold, snowy winters followed by blazing hot summers.  Previously reliable weather patterns shifted, and adjacent regions suffered diverse effects though it is nearly impossible to tease out the precise impact of the environment on large historical movements, certainly local crop failures led to famine and disease, which contributed to political instability.  Since people relied on subsistence farming, they had to adjust.  In England and the Low Countries, for example, clover and root crops augmented the standard cereal crops that depended on reliable weather."

Wow.  National Geographic admits all that climate change, from the "Medieval Warm Period" to "The Little Ice Age".  And not a single smoke belching factory, car, or Harley in sight.  Fascinating.

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:18 PM

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