Skip to comments.Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study
Posted on 10/04/2012 8:37:26 AM PDT by jmcenanly
(Reuters) - A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800.
A record of the atmosphere trapped in Greenland's ice found the level of heat-trapping methane rose about 2,000 years ago and stayed at that higher level for about two centuries.
Methane was probably released during deforestation to clear land for farming and from the use of charcoal as fuel, for instance to smelt metal to make weapons, lead author Celia Sapart of Utrecht University in the Netherlands told Reuters.
"Per capita they were already emitting quite a lot in the Roman Empire and Han Dynasty," she said of the findings by an international team of scientists in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature.
Rates of deforestation "show a decrease around AD 200, which is related to drastic population declines in China and Europe following the fall of the Han Dynasty and the decline of the Roman Empire," the scientists wrote.
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Thanks afraidfortherepublic. Caesar the day ping.
Boy we humans have been working on warming the planet a long time.....and it is just barely warm enough!
Those sports utility chariots were hell on the ancient environment. No wonder Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey!
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