I have talked plenty of times in the past about the Roman Warm Period and the Medieval Warm Period, and this article will be close in nature to articles in which I have talked about that. You see, there are two new research studies which suggest that the ancient climate was either just as warm or even warmer than this current period.
Like I said, since I have talked about this kind of thing before, this should not be news to you. However, it’s worth talking about this because the research adds a bit of a new element to this conversation which I had not brought in previous articles.
According to Science Under Attack, one of these studies “demonstrates that the period known as the Roman Warming was the warmest in the last 2,000 years. The other study provides evidence that it was just as warm up to 6,000 years ago. Both studies reinforce the occurrence of an even warmer period immediately following the end of the last ice age 11,000 years ago, known as the Holocene Thermal Maximum.”
Given what the studies found, it’s natural to recognize the fact that the things that the Left blames for man-made climate change cannot possibly be blamed for those warm periods.
The Roman Empire did not have vehicles with which they could travel. The Roman soldiers didn’t use trucks or planes or helicopters to invade and conquer neighboring lands in their expansion of the empire. The Roman civilians didn’t drive cars to go to the store.
There were no air conditioners, no trains, their ships were not coal-powered, and their economic system was not capitalistic (and that is perhaps the most ludicrous thing that the Left could blame for “man-made” climate change, though it’s also not surprising at all that they would blame the economic system which prevents them from obtaining all the power they want).
The Romans weren’t drinking their sodas from plastic straws and then dumping them in the nearest sea or landfill.
Simply put, the Left absolutely cannot blame these things for this current warming period while also acknowledging the existence of previous warming periods. The Law of Causality demands that there be a cause to every effect. If the effect is global warming and the cause is man-made things like coal-powered vehicles, air conditioners, plastic use and an entire economic system, then a similar cause must be the case for the effect of global warming from thousands of years ago. But since these are only modern inventions of the past century or so, they cannot be considered to be the cause for ancient warming periods. And this is assuming that those things are even the cause for this current warming period, which there is no evidence to suggest that they are.
But let’s get to the subject of each individual study.
The first study was conducted by Italian and Spanish researchers who “reconstructed sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea over the past 5,300 years,” according to Science Under Attack. Naturally, since temperature measurement using scientific thermometers began only as far back as the 18th century, researchers have to do a bit of an educated guess to measure temperatures from earlier periods by reconstructing those temperatures using sources such as tree rings, ice cores, fossils of plants, etc.
Science Under Attack notes that this “particular study utilized fossilized amoeba skeletons found in seabed sediments.”
Furthermore, the scientists focused specifically on the Sicily Channel of the Mediterranean Sea, and found that “ancient sea surface temperatures in the Sicily Channel ranged from 16.4 degrees Celsius (61.5 degrees Fahrenheit) to 22.7 degrees Celsius (72.9 degrees Fahrenheit) over the period from 3300 BCE to July 2014.”
That is an increase in temperature of 11.4° Fahrenheit and 6.3° Celsius. Now, with that alone, a liberal might shriek: “You see?!!!! The temperatures are getting hotter! We are killing the planet!”
The data does, indeed, show higher temperatures… over a period of nearly 6,000 years (specifically, 5,314 years), and in a particular range. The following chart shows you that the Roman Warming Period was when the Sicily Channel was at its warmest, with its current (as of July 2014) temperature being around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit):
Again, what this research does is show that the Sicily Channel used to be warmer back during the Roman Warming Period in comparison to both what it was in 3300 BC and July of 2014. It is currently colder than what it used to be roughly 2,000 years ago.
While the Sicily Channel is warmer today than it was back in 3300 BC, there were multiple periods in which it was considerably warmer in between then and 2014. Notably, it seems to be at the same temperature as it was during the early Bronze Age, and it was warmer during the Late Bronze Age, Homeric age, Greek age, considerably warmer during the Roman Warming Period, Late Antique Little Ice Age, and Medieval Warm Period.
So to assert that the surface temperature of the Sicily Channel has only gotten warmer since 3300 BC is erroneous. Yes, it’s warmer now than back then, but it is not as warm as it was in other periods across hundreds and thousands of years ago.
Then, there is the second study, which is a bit different from the other study. This is the one that adds a new element, like I mentioned. You see, this second study doesn’t look at surface data for seas or whatever else, and it doesn’t try to reconstruct previous temperatures through the same kind of research.
This second research study was conducted by archaeologists in Norway, “who discovered a treasure trove of arrows, arrowheads, clothing and other artifacts, unearthed by receding ice in a mountainous region of the country.”
The liberal might argue: “Receding ice? That’s clear evidence of global warming!” Yeah, but consider the following: those artifacts and weaponry couldn’t have been unearthed by ice if there had been ice when those things were left there.
Consider the death of a dinosaur. No one would bury dinosaurs six feet into the ground like we do with people. Yet, they are found buried beneath however many feet of earth. By the same token, things which no one buries can be unearthed because earth caused those things to be naturally buried. The same applies to things found in ice.
The writer at Science Under Attack even notes this point, saying: “Because the artifacts would have been deposited when no ice covered the ground, and are only being exposed now due to global warming, temperatures must have been at least as high as today during the many periods when the artifacts were cast aside.”
If it’s due to global warming that these things are being exposed, then they had to have been there at a time of similar warmth followed by a period of cold temperatures – enough to bury those things in ice.
What’s more, the dates of the artifacts are pretty interesting. The writer says: “The oldest arrows and artifacts date from around 4100 BCE, the youngest from approximately 1300 CE, at the end of the Medieval Warm Period.”
The artifacts found in that study range 5,400 years, again, showing multiple periods of warmth and cold. “That the artifacts come from several different periods separated by hundreds or thousands of years implies that the ice and snow in the region must have expanded and receded several times over the past 6,000 years.”
Science Under Attack further made the point that the Holocene Thermal Maximum, which occurred between 10,000 and 6,000 years ago, so before the natural burials of those artifacts, saw global temperatures which were higher. “In upper latitudes, where the most reliable proxies are found, it was an estimated 2-3 degrees Celsius (3.6-5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than at present.” And the Greenland ice sheet “is thought to have been even larger at the peak of the Holocene Thermal Maximum than it is today, when Greenland temperatures are lower.”
So it used to be that, during the Holocene Thermal Maximum some 6,000-10,000 years ago, the global temperatures were 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer than today. Remember what the supposed “goal” of the Paris Accord was regarding the increase of temperatures? 2°. Of course, they have no ability to dictate what the temperature will be now or in the future, but it’s worth pointing out that they are “trying” to “keep” temperatures from increasing by the same degree that it was during the Holocene Thermal Maximum – a global climate period which long precedes even the kingdom of Israel.
At any rate, all of this only further goes to show how asinine and divorced from reality those whom espouse the idea that we are killing the planet are. The only way humanity can affect the state of the world to such a degree as to be cataclysmic is with the use of nuclear weapons. Take that away and humanity has no way in which it can kill the planet to such an extent.
Humanity can affect its local environment – that much is obvious. However, we cannot do what these imbeciles pretend we can do, and the effects that these people point to as “evidence” of our acts are effects that this planet has seen time and time again throughout the ages.
Not that this is any news to you, again, but it’s worth pointing out in precise terms how incorrect in their thinking the climate cultists are.
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