The online German-language Die Presse reports here on new climate research out of Stanford. Did this get picked up in the US press? Too nutty probably.According to the new research, Christopher Columbus was likely the cause of the Little Ice Age.
How, you may ask? Columbus, a really dirty European, and his fellow colonizers sailed the ocean blue in 1492, just before the LIA began in earnest. He brought along with him some nasty diseases which quickly spread across the new world and wiped out the indigneous population. As so after a very short time, there was no one left to burn down trees, and so tree growth exploded, sucked up huge amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere in the process, which in turn lowered global CO2 concentrations, which led to global cooling, and thus the production of the Little Ice Age.
Hey, at least they admit now that the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age weren’t just local North Atlantic phenomena.
Global temperatures began dropping after the end of the Medieval Warm Period, in the 14th century. Richard Nevle, geochemist at Stanford University, claims that the Maunder Minimum, a period of low solar activity from 1653 to 1715, had less to do with causing the Little Ice Age and thinks he has solved the mystery and found the real culprit.
The cooling was already in full swing by the time the Maunder Minimum began and so it had to be something else. Die Presse writes:
It was Columbus and the following colonists. They caused the not so sparsely populated New World to get practically wiped out in a very short time. Back then at the end of the 15th century as Columbus was on the way, between 40 and 80 million people were living mostly in Central and South America, and they cleared forest with fire. But as the Europeans arrived, most of them died of unknown diseases – measles, pox, diphtheria – 90% of them were wiped out, or one fifth of the global population. The forests suddenly stopped being cleared.”
I wonder if this brilliance will be taken up by the IPCC’s next assessment report. What conclusion shall we draw? It confirms how desperate the warmists are in their quest to remove the sun from the climate equation. Pretty damn desperate.
Finally, before you parents think about spending $250,000 to educate your child at Stanford, you may want to think again.