Skip to comments.Human Greenhouse Gas Emissions Traced to Roman Times
Posted on 10/05/2012 4:04:55 PM PDT by presidio9
By burning wood, humans have been significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions as far back as the Roman Empire, researchers say.
The finding may lead scientists to rethink some aspects of climate change models, which assume humans weren't responsible for much greenhouse gas before the Industrial Revolution.
"It was believed that emissions started in 1850. We showed that humans already started to impact greenhouse effects much before," study co-author Célia Sapart of Utretcht University in the Netherlands said.
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with 20 times the warming power of carbon dioxide, Sapart told LiveScience. Forest fires, wetlands and volcanic eruptions naturally release methane into the atmosphere. But human actions, such as raising cattle or burning fossil fuel, now account for more than half of the methane released.
To see how far back humans were producing significant amounts of methane, Sapart and her colleagues analyzed ice cores from Greenland. Tiny air bubbles trapped in the ice provide a perfect snapshot of the atmosphere thousands of years ago: The fraction of heavy and light carbon isotopes (atoms of the same element but with different numbers of neutrons) inside these air bubbles can not only reveal atmospheric levels of methane but tell researchers whether the gas came from forest fires, wetlands or other sources. [Giant Ice: Photos of Greenland's Glaciers]
In their Oct. 3 study detailed in the journal Nature, the researchers found that methane production was high around 100 B.C., during the heyday of the Roman Empire, and waned around A.D. 200 as the empire faltered. The methane
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Hence the thrust to try and determine whether or not devastating fires were "human caused".
These "researchers" cooked the numbers.
How many human years does it take to equal the output of gasses and heat compared to the explosion of Vesuvius?
Well just damn! I guess that’s what made the Empire fall...
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They’ll grasp at any straw to keep the AGW fantasy alive.
How many BTU’s can you get out of an average liberal?
“How many BTUs can you get out of an average liberal?”
I suspect the net energy output would be negative. It takes a considerable flame to incinerate excrement, at least until it’s dried.
Well, we can try, can't we? For Science?
Well from Newtons 2nd law change in energy over time , Force = dE/dt =d(mv)/dt . Then the F, force has to be applied over a d, distance, W =Fd to get work.
No thats asking too much of a liberal!
Imagine how much was released while Nero was fiddling!
So, let me get this straight: It’s not Bush’s fault, it’s Caesar’s? Oy Vey!
True. Liberals make better fertilizer than fuel. A quick trip through a wood chipper and they're ready to spread.