Global warming: Same thing happened in the 11th century A.D.

United States
March 3, 2007 6:50pm CST
Warm temperatures up north and global chaos: The 21st century is just a repeat of the 11th. A quick check shows that the year 1000 was a time of anarchy, as the Roman Empire finished its meltdown, the Catholic Church was at its shaky beginnings. It was also a time when global warming had pretty much melted down the polar ice and Greenland was really green. The warmer weather allowed a starving Europe to recover, and allowed wider exploration of the planet as sea lanes became less inclined to be filled with ice. A few hundred years later, the New World was discovered (either by the Vikings around 1100 or Columbus in 1492, take your pick). The rest, as they say, is history, which is now repeating itself, at least climactically and even politically.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I understand what you are saying. However I have a hard time believing that the millions and millions of vehicles across the globe don't have a effect on the overall temperature of the earth. Add to that the millions of factories emitting heat, there has to be an effect on the temperature. I understand that we have cycles in our weather, but I really believe that people have had an effect on the temperature. Just my opinion. Lloyd
• United States
4 Mar 07
All the vehicles on earth have but a miniscule affect on the atmosphere. It's just too huge. Krakatoa's explosion in the 19th century released more "greenhouse gas" than all of man's industry combined. Mt. Saint Helens blew up in 1979 and pushed 1,000 times more greenhouse gas and ash than man has ever dreamed of producing in all of industrial history. Scientists should stick to science. Global warming? What a joke.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
Oh well there are a lot of things that repeat themselves so this is not really a surprise to me that it has come again, I agree with what you are stating here even in regards to politics as we were only talking the other night how the world is not really changing it is just repeating our history of everything that was part of our late history.
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
It would be nice to know where you got that information from... so that we can read about it. Don't forget one very important thing... In the 18th century... we only had one billion people. So in the 11th century... we perhaps had half a billion or even less. While global warming might permit you to grow wheat in Alaska... half of the world living under or around the tropics won't be able to grow anything. Global warming affects agriculture... and we need to feed over 6 billion people today. Not only we cannot grow anything... but cattle and sheep will die without water and grass.
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I would like to add to your comment in defense of global warming, while it is true that natural phenomenon contribute to greenhouse gases, at this point there is no denying that our earth is heating up. Right now from ice core samples that date back 650,000, the earth has never seen such a high concentration of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Whether or not these greenhouse gases are the cause of warming, the effects of climate change are evident within the environment, species are becoming extinct, the oceans are becoming too acidic from carbon poison and marine life will no longer be able to "breath" in the water. This is soley to over 370 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere(SCIENCE FACT: the most that has ever been on earth in the last 650,000 years!!), in which oceans absorb one third of the total output. There is one fact that cannot be denied...and it stems off of what Aussies2007 said, the earth has over 6 billion people now, and countries like China and India are continuing to output carbon dioxide at exponential levels. regardless of the cause of global warming, contamination of poisonous gases into the atmosphere with a complete disregard for human and animal life is attributed to Human Ignorance and Greed. If your interested in learning more of how the environment is being affecting because of warming read my blog, I do not post Global Warming hype, just SCIENTIFIC proof of what is happening to the environment. http://www.theenvironmentalblog.org
@JackBravo (970)
• United States
26 May 07
i think it's the conservatives taht dont believe in global warming - probably because they don't want to spend teh funds on fighting it. it seems the liberals are much more willing to back the theory. I'm not sure - just my thoughts from my experience.