Skip to comments.Climate Change Doomed the Ancients (Bad History Alert)
Posted on 05/28/2014 11:16:33 AM PDT by mojito
...Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a stalwart believer that global warming is a hoax, dismissed the report as a publicity stunt.
Perhaps the senator needs a history lesson, because climate change has been leading to global conflict and even the collapse of civilizations for more than 3,000 years. Drought and famine led to internal rebellions in some societies and the sacking of others, as people fleeing hardship at home became conquerors abroad.
One of the most vivid examples comes from around 1200 B.C. A centuries-long drought in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean regions, contributed to if not caused widespread famine, unrest and ultimately the destruction of many once prosperous cities, according to four recent studies.
The scientists determined the length and severity of the drought by examining ancient pollen as well as oxygen and carbon isotope data drawn from alluvial and mineral deposits. All of their conclusions are corroborated by correspondence, inscribed and fired on clay tablets, dating from that time.
Ancient letters from the Hittite kingdom, in what is now modern-day Turkey, beseech neighboring powers for shipments of grain to stave off famine caused by the drought. (The drought is thought to have affected much of what is now Greece, Israel, Lebanon and Syria for up to 300 years.)
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Now, "history" proves it too.
Uhm...except for the inconvenient fact that the Hittite kingdom of Anatolia wasn't a big consumer of fossil fuels...so maybe closing down coal plants isn't the way to go.
But don't bother to point out the fallacy of the left's arguments, you racist.
they never stop and they never let facts and common sense get in the way
Weather fluctuates...whodda thunk it.
It’s been cooling off for the last 9,000 years. What did ya expect?
If it wasn’t for global warming — Chicago would still be under a mile of ice.
Yes this article Completely destroys their central point and conclusions but they are to stupid to notice. LOL
They unearthed those Anatolian SUVs yet? or a stone tablet depicting those several-miles-long Anatolian tailbacks . . . ?
Perhaps this story is a blessing in disguise...a revelation that the climate has been changing...warmer,cooler,drier,wetter...for tens of thousands of years (at least).
It was all those Sumerian Sport Utility Vehicles* don’t you know?
Dear Mr Weetawded Author.
Your idiotic, though accurate historically account, disproves anthropomorphic or Hooman meddlen as the chief cause of anything, other than a certain avarice or necessity due to causes beyond their control and obviously ours.
Thnx for playing.
This article accidently points out how stupid their entire argument is, not that the typical Times absorber will notice.
If only that cesspool were!
What an idiot. Using naturally occurring droughts and such to debate someone’s skepticism on AWG.
No one really knows why the Hittite empire fell. But climate change is a constant in human history. The old Romans would probably be a little surprised to see their former grain fields in Northern Africa. And I don’t think it was the coal they were burning in their power plants.
Too bad for them they didn’t know how to convert fossils to fuel. Could have saved a lot of lives.
No, it was due to their use of Trierms as they were heavily used, before the period of enlightenment and the industrial age, to transport all manner of goods.
The building of these vessels resulted in the deforestation of Scotland.
These dingy’s were a boon economically for many clans but, I think overall we can agree they also had a devastating effect on the climate as well.
One of the more interesting observations of one born in my era is how far the NYT has fallen in intellect, believability, and most importantly - ability to affect events.
The entire staff would - quite simply - not even be hired as janitors a couple of decades ago.
yeah, the model year 1220 and 1221 Suburbans were a B*TCH on the environment.
Must have been all their SUV’s
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