European Colonizers Killed Enough Natives to Change Global Climate

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European Colonizers Killed Enough Natives to Change Global Climate

Post by CharlieX » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:08 am

European Colonizers Killed Enough Natives to Change Global Climate

The effect was so profound, it’s now known as the Little Ice Age.

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When Europeans arrived in the Americas, they caused so much death and brought with them so many diseases that they were able to change the global climate, a new study finds.

Over about 100 years in South, Central and North America, Europeans killed 56 million indigenous people, causing large areas of farmland to be abandoned and then reforested, researchers at University College London, or UCL, estimate. That increase in trees and vegetation across what is roughly the size of France resulted in a massive carbon dioxide decrease in the atmosphere, CNN reported, and a temperature shift.

Carbon levels changed enough to cool the Earth by 1610, researchers found, a period that was so profound that it was known as the “Little Ice Age.”

Columbus arrived in 1492.

“CO2 and climate had been relatively stable until this point,” UCL Geography Professor Mark Maslin, one of the study’s co-authors, told CNN. “So, this is the first major change we see in the Earth’s greenhouse gases.”

By combining archaeological evidence, historical data and analysis of carbon found in Antarctic ice, the UCL researchers showed how the reforestation — directly caused by the Europeans’ arrival — was a key component of the global chill, they said.

“For once, we’ve been able to balance all the boxes and realize that the only way the Little Ice Age was so intense is because of the genocide of millions of people,” Maslin said.

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Re: European Colonizers Killed Enough Natives to Change Global Climate

Post by WilyB » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:56 am

While indigenous peoples did "farm", the amount of land cleared for farming in those days was minimal. Also, even though Columbus arrived in 1492 and the Spanish conquered Central and South America in the 16th century, I would like to see some hard data on what the impact was with their population and farming activities that naturally would have fully or partially offset any loss of indigenous populations. As a result, the Europeans not only increased the total population but increased the amount of land cleared for farming as a result and so the land became less, not more forested in the 17th-19th centuries, at least in North America.

Finally, there is more forested area in the U.S. now than there was 150 years ago despite population growth because farming acreage has shifted from the forested eastern U.S. to the Great Plains (remember those forests?) and formerly arid areas of the West Coast thanks to aqueducts and dammed rivers being able to provide irrigation for large scale farming on those formerly barren acres.

The entire logic train in that article doesn't make any sense.

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Post by John Frum » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:25 pm

no worries, plenty more where they came frum

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Post by JohnB » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:54 pm

The entire logic train in that article doesn't make any sense.
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Re: European Colonizers Killed Enough Natives to Change Global Climate

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Re: European Colonizers Killed Enough Natives to Change Global Climate

Post by John Frum » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:59 pm

spam bump for the fallen natives


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