Deadly white colonists caused the Little Ice Age

Something for the You Could Not Make It Up file. Well you could not make it up but someone did.

Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth’s climate.

That’s the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.

The team says the disruption that followed European settlement led to a huge swathe of abandoned agricultural land being reclaimed by fast-growing trees and other vegetation.

This pulled down enough carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere to eventually chill the planet.

It’s a cooling period often referred to in the history books as the “Little Ice Age”…

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49 Responses to Deadly white colonists caused the Little Ice Age

  1. Up The Workers!

    Like saying that the unfettered consumption of mung beans and lentils “pulled down so much abject stupidity”, it created the Humpty Dumptyism of gerbil worming.

    It’s called the “Leftard Stupidity Age”.

    Yeah, that sounds reasonable.

  2. egg_

    Using Zaphod Beeblebrox’s Bistromatics modelling software?

  3. John A

    Then, I wonder what effect the Black Death/Plague had – you know, the one that wiped out one-third of Europe’s population. From wiki for speed of access:

    The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe’s total population.[7] In total, the plague may have reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century.[8] It took 200 years for the world population to recover to its previous level.[9][10]

    Using the logic of this haha study, it should have precipitated the Great Ice Age…

  4. RobK

    So we have a new, proven way to tackle climate change?
    Lordy, lordy…..who’s first.
    Hmmm, the planet is greening itself already.
    Crops don’t consume co2?

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    That’s the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.

    This deserves a massive grant increase!

  6. mc

    Science…..You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

  7. 132andBush

    egg_,

    Slartibartfast.

  8. 132andBush

    I have a feeling this is a parody/pisstake paper.

  9. Leo G

    It’s a cooling period often referred to in the history books as the “Little Ice Age”…

    I say it was just a warmup for the Big Lies Age.

  10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Malthusian Greenies think there are too many of us and they have a magic univariate ‘theory of everything’ to prove it. With this loaded dice, the great unfalsifiable hypothesis, the antithesis of genuine science, they can’t lose.

    Like Malthus, they are misanthropic, short-sighted and wrong.
    In thrall to grantsmanship, reduced now to clutching at straws.

  11. Tel

    Someone needed to stop those 15th Century Indians from driving SUV’s all around the place … for their own good of course.

  12. duncanm

    it all makes sense now.

    The Medieval Warm Period by the growing population and subsequent land clearing, not vice-vers (facepalm).

  13. Vagabond

    To its further discredit the Oz has picked this up and wasted electrons on a piece from the Times about the Inca’s revenge being the little ice age.

    If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth – Goebbels

  14. Percy Popinjay

    Exactly like welsh coal miners creating the blackface fad.

  15. struth

    Yes folks……but how dare you question the scientific experts? !

    Harken will be here shortly to admonish you silly old people, from angeldom above.
    Fancy thinking you know better than “experts” and “scientists”..

  16. struth

    Goebbels’ warming.

    That’s perfect.
    Get it out there.

    I’ll be using it as often as I can.

  17. Mother Lode

    Just to be clear, we are supposed to admire indigenous cultures because the have negligible impact on climate, yet removing them has immediate, global and ruinous effect.

    Looks like these ‘scientists’ have at least realised they can’t keep hiding cooling periods.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    It IS from London , Londoners , the real ones are noted for their sense of the ridiculous and self mocking ,,look at all the great comedy before fascist PC started ruling the west. Been watching “it aint half hot mum” great comedy ,but they wont replay it these days. “It might offend Indians and poofters “ . Most of the time the Indians are taking the piss out of the British , the officers are utter fools , the “leading lady “ is just soooo camp its obviously a piss take , but it is funny . I suspect even the fascists cant stop Londoners from mocking oretentious pricks and these days what better way to do it than put up a bullshit paper about a total bullshit subject. Bet the authors are loving the responses ,laughing their heads off .

  19. Bruce of Newcastle

    This pulled down enough carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere to eventually chill the planet.

    Nope. It was the Sun.

  20. Tim Neilson

    The team says the disruption that followed European settlement led to a huge swathe of abandoned agricultural land being reclaimed by fast-growing trees and other vegetation.

    This pulled down enough carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere to eventually chill the planet.

    Good, so we don’t have to worry about deforesting the Amazon because we’re just putting things back in the condition that those woke indigenous cultures had created.

    the Inca’s revenge being the little ice age

    Cooling then bad. Warming now bad.

  21. egg_

    Goebbels’ warming.

    Rather cool in Sydney this weekend after Thursday’s single day of dreaded heat.

    Many might be warming their Goebbels by the fire.

  22. egg_

    Londoners , the real ones are noted for their sense of the ridiculous

    Custer’s CO2’s last stand at the Alamo?

  23. egg_

    The Russians would have made it to the Moon if it wasn’t for global warming.

    Scott wouldn’t have perished in the Antarctic if it wasn’t for global warming.

    Where’s my research grant?

  24. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Russians would have made it to the Moon if it wasn’t for global warming.

    But then they would’ve raised the French flag and sang the Marseillaise upon landing.

  25. Enyaw

    You would have to ask ..What is the age group of these people who have come to this ” conclusion “..?

  26. Townspeople near the WW II concentration camps claimed innocence because that they did not know what was going on. Supposedly, they had got used to the smell wafting into town.
    Add to that, they were bombarded with propaganda. Besides, who is going to question the SS?

    I have always believed that the townspeople knew, they just didn’t believe and didn’t do anything. Complicity.

    I do not mark the evils and disasters as equivalent, but the process is the same.
    So we watch the mindless destruction of the electricity grid, one of the bases of our civilization.
    The daily propaganda streams forth, few dare to object, no one takes stand.
    Goebbels’ warming indeed.

  27. Europe was running out of trees after building thousands of cathedrals and ships for centuries. North America already had vast forests. That’s why Europeans fought for the joint ffs.
    White settlers CLEARED forests for their cabins, furniture, fires and for shipping back to Europe. They couldn’t possibly have caused the expansion of North American forests.
    The exact opposite of the conclusion of this junk study is true.

    In any case, in relation to the forests of Tyga, Amazon, South East Asia, Indonesia and central Africa, the North American forests are a fraction of the total. There is precisely zero chance a change in size of the NA forests would have on the global climate. Local climate maybe, but global? bullshitttt.

  28. duncanm

    Europe was running out of trees after building thousands of cathedrals and ships for centuries.

    … a bit early for the mediaeval warm period, but I’m sure we can make it fit.

  29. Cynic of Ayr

    Hang on…
    So, a country full of hunter gatherers, with maybe a tiny bit of horticulture, are invaded and removed by a mob of farmers and horticulturists, and the trees take over?
    Sense, that does not make!
    I guess most of the climate twaddle being peddled is in the dame category. No facts, just conjecture.

  30. duncanm

    Cynic,

    I think you’re forgetting the south part of ‘the Americas’. Incan’s had some pretty widespread agriculture.

  31. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Townspeople near the WW II concentration camps claimed innocence because that they did not know what was going on. Supposedly, they had got used to the smell wafting into town.

    roast pork a german classic

  32. egg_

    Europe was running out of trees after building thousands of cathedrals and ships for centuries.

    1850s advent of railway sleepers was said to be the biggest global deforestation event evah.
    Where’s my research grant?

  33. Where’s my research grant?

    Have you forgotten about Telegraphus Polus?

    The species when planted in straight lines sprouts vines to the next Polus.

    They planted them at the Alamo.

  34. stevem

    So, logically, Native Americans must have caused global warming (perhaps the Roman Warm Period?) by clearing the trees in the first place. Evil Native Americans.
    But it was only two weeks ago that we learnt that trees don’t stop global warming.

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a26027587/trees-carbon-climate-change/
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00122-z

    Why can’t these clowns get their stories straight.

  35. stevem

    Also, how did colonisation of North America cause the Little Ice Age when colonisation occurred 300 years later?

  36. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    What a naughty lot the Europeans are. Fancy the power to bring on an Ice Age. Err, what about the incredible number of deaths during the huge Mongol incursions into Asia and beyond or the untold millions slaughtered by the Muslims, especially in India. What about the USSR under Stalin with his 80 odd million deaths or perhaps the Chinese Cultural Revolution with its 70 million plus deaths. They would never be mentioned would they, only the Europeans. What utter rubbish and narrow minded piffle.

  37. cuckoo

    I thought Montezuma’s revenge was something else. So, a civilisation that couldn’t invent the wheel managed to clearfell enough of a continent to alter the climate. Still, if it will appease Quetzlcoatl I’m willing to dress in feathers and cut a Green’s still-beating heart from his body atop a stone altar in Richmond or Clifton Hill.

  38. Tom

    Luckily, the evil white colonists didn’t wipe out their descendants in the All Your Munny Bilong Us tribe.

  39. egg_

    1850s advent of railway sleepers was said to be the biggest global deforestation event evah.

    Teh largest single spike where tree fellers* were needed globally, apparently.

    *Paddy, Mick and…

  40. Turtle

    What does this tell us about research funding and left wing causes?

  41. Turtle

    Reminds me of the album by Fishbone called “Give a Monkey a brain and hell swear he’s the centre of the universe.”

  42. areff

    Another day, another grant-grubber finds another sweaty. Just saw a report that climate change will see more hole-in-the-heart babies. Oh well, it’s a change from hermaphrodite fruit bats

  43. Hay Stockard

    We Vikings have a lot to answer for. Sorry we beat the Toltecs at the Little Big Horn.

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