TIME Magazine Archive Article -- Another Ice Age? -- Jun. 24, 1974 - However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.
Our friend follows up with a litle historical data of his own:
From around 800 A.D. to 1200 or 1300, the globe warmed again considerably and civilization prospered. This prosperous period collapsed at the end of the thirteenth century with the advent of the "Mini Ice Age". If Europe heats up by 1C it would do it a power of good. We can see this from records of 1000 years ago. Moreover, increased carbon dioxide makes plants grow more quickly, so improving crops and forests. A good environmental scare needs two ingredients. The first is impending catastrophe. The second is a suitable culprit to blame. In the second case, the ice age fails and global warming is gloriously successful. However, a new ice age, unlike global warming, would be a certain calamity.
From 800 to 1300, a "globally-warmed" Europe flourished, with an abundance of farmland allowing food and living space for its growing citizenry. Its living standards, culture and art surpassed that of most of the rest of the world. As the above notes, it all collapsed with "global cooling "in the mid 1300's. What is important to note is that a few years into the cooling of the early 13th Century, the Black Death erupted, killing a full one-third of the peoples of Europe and sending its civilization careening backwards. Is this what the proponants of the "crisis" of global warming are pushing us towards, with their "economic solutions" that will undoubtedly impoverish and weaken the world's population?
And check out this map of global temperature over the Earth's history - the bottom indicates early Earth, the very top part indicates modern times (a better look at this map is here). Jeez, those Jurassic Dinos must have had some helluva big SUV's to create some of that global warming, no? And relatively speaking, based again on the chart, aren't we due for a little bit of warmer temperatures?
It's time to start standing up to the fascists of climate change, before their warped gestapo science brings another plague upon us all!
OK, that's a bit melodramatic, but nevertheless, we may have more to fear from the "global warming" profiteers and crisis-mongers than we do from global warming itself....