Thursday, October 6th 2011, 5:50 PM EDT
More doom and gloom about the world warming from Man Made Climate Change by Richard Black at the BBC, this time it's a history lesson in what humans did to survive the Little Ice Age, but without any mention about what took place during the Medieval Warm Period prior to that time. You would have thought Richard would have been more interested in the MWP as it fits in with his perceived idea of "global warming" rather then the LIA. But then why inform the BBC readers how well things were when the world was warm. This cold story is made to be "scary" but for the wrong reason, we as a race will face some of the things that Richard has to say in the next few decades. Richard, a warmer world is a good world for humans to live, not bad, your history lesson is in part true, please stop beating the drum about the world warming, it's cooling. GR
Earlier this week, the journal Proceeedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published a study on climate change that is at the same time scary, comforting, insightful and a statement of the obvious.
To be more accurate, I should probably say that the paper is capable of being interpreted in all of those ways, rather than risk implying that the authors intended to do more than run the numbers and see what popped up.
What they're talking about is climate change in Europe, specifically between 1500 and 1800 AD - a period that encompasses the so-called Little Ice Age.
It also encompasses a period that historian Eric Hobsbawm dubbed the General Crisis, when Europe was beset by a number of wars, inflation, migration and population decline.
So did the cold cause the chaos?
.....And you can pick it up by looking at what's happening in Australia now.
As Jason Margolis from the BBC's The World co-production reports this week, the country is having to deal at the moment with a major drought, which could be here to stay - that bit's not certain, but a major regime shift to hotter and drier conditions is eminently possible.
The future is all to play for, but in Australia we are seeing indications of how a society can adapt to climate impacts - provided it has the wealth and infrastructure to do so.
One thing that I don't think can be considered comforting - though others may disagree - is that this PNAS analysis looked at a crisis caused by cooling, whereas in the near future it's warming to worry about....
Click source to read the FULL "scary" report from Richard Black