by Gregory Wrightstone
Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters
(c1608), by Hendrick Avercamp.
Avercamp was deaf and mute and specialized
in painting scenes of the Netherlands in winter.
Courtesy the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
But what if I told you
that much of the recent advancement in human prosperity would have
been impossible without the temperature increases of the last
several hundred years?
Today's world should be
grateful for today's relative warmth as well as higher levels of
atmospheric carbon dioxide levels because both have been
instrumental in propelling plant growth globally.
Past warming periods were much warmer than our modern temperatures and were associated with,
The intervening cold eras had names like,
...and were linked to crop failure, pestilence and mass depopulation.
According to historian Wolfgang Behringer,
Are you among those wishing for lower global temperatures?
According to climatologist Dr. Michael Mann, the ideal temperature for the planet would be,
That timing would place humanity squarely in the death-dealing cold that prevailed during the aptly named Little Ice Age (LIA), ca. CE 1250–1850.
The LIA froze rivers such as the Thames, which rarely has done so in the modern era.
Here in the United States, we know that Martha Washington enjoyed ice during the summers at Mount Vernon that was harvested from the Potomac River and stored in an icehouse on the grounds.
These thick freezes were an annual event in the 18th century, while today they only occur occasionally during unusually cold winters.
Historian Philipp Blom says that the Little Ice Age resulted in a,
His book, Nature's Mutiny - How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present extensively captures the collapse of Western society owing to crop failure in the 17th century.
Published scientific journals documented agricultural collapse in Europe. Finland, for example, witnessed massive crop failure and abandonment of farmlands due to the cooling phase.
A priest in France wrote:
Thankfully, the natural climate cycle took its own course, and the cold period gave way to a warming period that began more than 300 years ago and continues in fits and starts to this day.
While it is true that the 20th century's remarkable increase in crop growth was greatly aided by advancements in agricultural technology, it would have been impossible if the earth hadn't warmed to levels more conducive to plant life.
As if this booster in temperature weren't sufficient, the growth of plants has been further turbocharged by increasing carbon dioxide that is likely the result of the industrial use of fossil fuels.
Today, countries across the globe excel in agriculture and are breaking records year after year.
Some formerly famine-struck countries like,
...produce abundant quantities of crops, increasing global food security.
To call present-day temperature a "crisis"' is pure ignorance...!
Human and climate history reveal that we should,
...quite opposite the story that the Climate Industrial Complex peddles.