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Old 09-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #60
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You do understand that warm times are good times right? In non-industrial countries it certainly is.

Warm times increase the growing season, open up more land for agriculture, and lead to a rise in population. Warm times are when great societies and cultures flourish as there is population to support them.

Cold times are not. Cold times lead to the collapse of societies, drastic reductions in population, war, famine, and death. The low middle ages were so bad compared to Roman times and the high middle ages because Europe simply didn't have the population to support large states for hundreds of years. Even a fertile place like Egypt suffered in cold times. The intermediate periods between the kingdoms correspond with downturns in temperature.

Just now we are seeing barley being grown in Greenland which was common during the medieval warm period and the UK getting its wine industry back which was also common during the medieval warm period.
Climate change involves more than temperature. Droughts will become more frequent and longer. When it does rain, the events are predicted to be more intense (more flooding). Diseases becomes more prevalent. Ocean acidificaton can result in ecosystem collapses. Fresh water will become more scarce. People will be displaced.
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