Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Warmist Hayhoe thinks back fondly to the good old days, before global warming allegedly threatened to kill us all, but when global cooling almost actually did kill us all

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@ChairmanAl no; point is, if the planet were populated by 200k hunter-gatherers living in tents, climate change would be no big deal
Flashback:  How Human Beings Almost Vanished From Earth In 70,000 B.C. : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
...once in our history, the world-wide population of human beings skidded so sharply we were down to roughly a thousand reproductive adults. One study says we hit as low as 40.

Forty? Come on, that can't be right. Well, the technical term is 40 "breeding pairs" (children not included). More likely there was a drastic dip and then 5,000 to 10,000 bedraggled Homo sapiens struggled together in pitiful little clumps hunting and gathering for thousands of years until, in the late Stone Age, we humans began to recover. But for a time there, says science writer Sam Kean, "We damn near went extinct."
Then — and this is more a conjectural, based on arguable evidence — an already cool Earth got colder. The world was having an ice age 70,000 years ago, and all that dust hanging in the atmosphere may have bounced warming sunshine back into space. Sam Kean writes "There's in fact evidence that the average temperature dropped 20-plus degrees in some spots," after which the great grassy plains of Africa may have shrunk way back, keeping the small bands of humans small and hungry for hundreds, if not thousands of more years.

So we almost vanished.

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