Tuesday, 5 August 2014

BLACK DEATH AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Global warming may be better than the Black Death plague

It is time for the global warming alarmists to step down from their soap boxes and look at the history of climate change and how it affected earlier generations of mankind. History tells us that human well-being and population growth go hand in hand with warm climatic cycles, while cold cycles wreck havoc on mankind.
The flea that carried Black Death to
millions of people 

But it is typical of human behavior to be unhappy with the status quo, especially when control of the status quo is beyond our reach. When it is winter we wish for warmer weather and when it is summer we wish for cooler weather. When the world enters a naturally warmer climatic cycle we naturally become alarmed at the prospect of catastrophic consequences. When the climatic cycle brings on a downturn in global temperatures we are equally alarmed by the prospect of that and all that it may mean.

Throughout the history of the world (and even before man evolved) climate change has always been there. The variations in temperature have been as wide as ice covering most of the earth’s surface to a total absence of ice. The changes take place usually quite slowly, but not always, and it happens naturally for reasons that even the best scientists still don’t quite understand. But it happens naturally. Climate change happens just as surely as sea-levels rise and fall and land masses drift apart and reform as new continents.

We know that in some instances a period of extreme cold can be associated with volcanic activity when large amounts of ash reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the earth. Environmentalists in the 1970s and 80s coined the term Nuclear Winter to describe the effect as they campaigned for nuclear disarmament. It is unclear just how large a nuclear explosion would have to be to create a nuclear winter, but there are countless examples of volcanic winters throughout history.

So what can we learn from previous cold cycles?

We can learn that the last mini ice age, which started after a warm period ended during the 13
th Century, corresponded with food shortages, declining living standards and reduced life expectancy.

The colder climate and harsh living conditions that went with it enabled the Black Death (bubonic) plague to migrate from central Asia to Europe in 1347 where the disease claimed millions of lives. World wide the disease has been estimated to have claimed almost a 100 million lives and to have reduced the world population by 25-30%. It took 150 years for the world population to recover.
The bones of Black Death victims

The Black Death returned in smaller waves until the 18th Century when world temperatures, along with living standards, were on the rise again.

It is interesting to note that the colder temperatures of the mini Ice Age were also associated with a higher level of minority persecution. Someone had to take the blame for the death and suffering, crop failures and economic chaos. Jews, foreigners, unemployed workers, beggars and witches were victimized and murdered at unprecedented rates during this period. Territorial and religious wars during this period rose at an alarming rate too.

The most absurd thing about the global warming debate is the belief that government legislation can change the climate. Hopefully, there are still a few people out there who know that we can not change the climate, and that there would be no good reason to do so, if we could.


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