Saturday, March 22, 2008

NYT admits Medieval Warm Period

Look carefully at the NYT's "unbiased" review of this book. They acknowledge something that warmaholics seldom admit; the Medieval Warm Period (or the "Little Climate Optimum"), which preceded the last "Little Ice Age." The LCO completely destroys the theory of the "hockey stick" graph, originally touted by the IPCC as proof of global warming. This graph has since been thoroughly debunked.

Though the Time's reviewer gives credit where credit is due, they also begin to make some far-reaching claims as to the negatives of so-called climate change in the warming direction. Do we REALLY know that warming killed off the Mayans? I don't think so. The word "appalling" as a debit certainly paints with a broad stroke of impending, manmade disaster.

Here's what's hidden and not admitted: NATURAL CLIMATE CHANGE HAPPENS. Get over it people. We aren't causing it with poot gas.

The Great Warming - Brian Fagan - Book Review - New York Times:

If you don’t think climate change produces winners as well as losers, consider this: In the 12th and 13th centuries England exported wine to France. Vineyards also flourished in improbable regions like southern Norway and eastern Prussia. A centuries-long spell of mild, predictable weather blessed Western Europe with abundant crops, healthy populations and budget surpluses sufficient to finance projects like Chartres Cathedral.

This is the credit side of a global balance sheet carefully itemized by Brian Fagan in “The Great Warming,” his fascinating account of shifting climatic conditions and their consequences from about A.D. 800 to 1300, often referred to as the Medieval Warm Period. The debit side is appalling: widespread drought, catastrophic rainfall, toppled dynasties, ruined civilizations. Abandoned Maya temples in the Yucatan and the desolation of Angkor Wat, supreme achievement of the Khmer empire, bear witness to climatic change against which royal power and priestly magic proved impotent.

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