Thursday, August 08, 2013

In case you missed it: Skeptical "Science" suggests that the Black Death caused the Little Ice Age

Little Ice Age
The Black Death caused a decrease in the human populations of Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East during the 14th century and a consequent decline in agricultural activity. A similar effect occurred in North America after European contact in the 16th century. Ruddiman (2003) suggests reforestation took place as a result of this reduced human population and agricultural activity, allowing more carbon dioxide uptake from the atmosphere to the biosphere, thus having a cooling effect.


Streetcred said...

LOL ! What kind of science qualifications do you need to write crap like that ?

Anonymous said...

It used to be that licenses came out of Cracker Jacks boxes. Now apparently you can get a science degrees from there also.

ferd berple said...

so cutting down the forests as happened over the past 300 years is what caused the end of the little ice age and the modern warming. As human population grew during the latter half of the 20th century and more and more forests were cut down, this is what caused the “unexplained” warming that must be due to CO2.

So why hasn’t SKS and the IPCC realized this? Why does reforestation cause cooling, but cutting down the forests not cause warming? And why is cutting down even more forests to provide pellets to fire up power stations in the UK and EU a good thing? How is this not going to cause even more warming, the warming they are trying to prevent?