‘Environmentalism’ doesn’t need to address climate change

Dave Roberts wonders on Grist.org (motto: “A beacon in the smog”), “Can we survive in conditions [caused by global warming] that humanity has literally never faced?”

Oh I think so. In fact,our species have faced such occurrences.  Notable warm periods occurred from 230 B.C.E. to C.E. 140 and C.E. 640 to 760 (Report: “Two millennia of North Atlantic seasonality and implications for Norse colonies”). During the middle Holocene, “the mean July temperatures along the northern coastline of Russia may have been 2.5° to 7.0°C warmer than modern. Yes, “2.5° to 7.0°” CENTIGRADE warmer than today (source: “Holocene Treeline History and Climate Change Across Northern Eurasia”). Overall, mankind has fared much better when the earth has been warmer and wetter than it has when it was colder and drier. Besides, we’re now just departing the “Little Ice Age.”

So, I’m with Matt Ridley who asks you to “Ask yourself this: if the heat of 7,000 years ago, so widespread around the globe and so pronounced in the far north, did not cause planetary catastrophe, why should the lesser warmth of this century?”


 


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