Global Warming Boosted The Roman Empire, Then Global Cooling Weakened It

Posted: June 7, 2019 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, History

Climate mythologists trying to re-write history again.

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From the team at CFACT ~

A May 31 article in New Scientist, titled “Ancient Roman air pollution caused climate change in Europe,”  is resuscitating the myth that “climate change” brought down the Roman Empire. To the extent global climate forces impacted the health of the empire, it was not generic climate change that harmed the empire. Instead, warming temperatures assisted the rise of the empire and subsequent cooling temperatures weakened it. By and large, climate change only weakens civilization when that change takes the form of cooling temperatures.

The Roman Empire rose and prospered during a time of beneficial global warming. The New Scientist article asserts that the empire played a role in bringing about subsequent cooling temperatures that ultimately contributed to the empire’s downfall. According to the article, soot from Roman fires blocked sunlight and cooled Europe. Deforestation as the empire expanded also cooled temperatures, according to…

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  1. Graeme no.3 says:

    I am showing my age; I thought it had something to do with excessive taxation or maybe lead poisoning from the lead water pipes.
    Then there was the internal fighting while hordes of barbarians fought their way into the Empire, shouting “a carbon-free future”

  2. oldbrew says:

    Traces of Roman-era pollution stored in the ice of Mont Blanc

    The deepest layers of carbon-14 dated ice found in the Col du Dôme of the Mont Blanc glacier in the French Alps provide a record of atmospheric conditions in the ancient Roman era. Published in Geophysical Research Letters, the study, led by an international team and coordinated by a CNRS scientist at the Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research (IGE)(CNRS/IRD/UGA/Grenoble INP)*, reveals significant atmospheric pollution from heavy metals: the presence of lead and antimony (detected in ancient alpine ice for the first time here) is linked to mining activity and lead and silver production by the ancient Romans, well before the industrial age, in fact.
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    Lead in the atmosphere? Not just dodgy water pipes then – but no ‘global warming’ link.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Did modern warming take a break between about 1940 and 1980?

    = = =
    Glacier Girl

    The story of this mission and the recovery of the P‑38 (which was christened “Glacier Girl”) is a fascinating bit of history.

  4. Phoenix44 says:

    Deforestation? Oh please. The entirety of Europe from the Rhine to the steppes was forest. As was much of Gaul and Britain. And as we all know, North Africa was the source of much of Rome’s food, so it must have been much wetter there then.

    Now which side is denying climate change?

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    cooking fires of Roman Empire caused GLOBAL cooling… ROFLMAO!!!!

    This is supposed to be a science paper…. ROFLMAO

  6. oldbrew says:

    Not only scraping the barrel for phoney man-made climate propaganda, but looking for new barrels to scrape.

  7. The Student says:

    I think I’m getting the hang of this climate change science now. It doesn’t become warmer during the day because the Sun has risen above the horizon. Rather, the Sun rises because it is warmer during the morning. The Sun drops below the horizon because it doesn’t like the cooler temperatures during the evening. Simple really. Very simple.