2,000 Year Old Climate Change
While I was thinking about what topic to write about in this post, I thought, “Wait, everyone is talking about the effects of global warming on the U.S. or on the world as a whole. But who has really talked about the effects of global warming in Europe specifically?” That was my “Eureka!!!!” moment. So I searched for articles and information on global warming in Europe, because my great-great grandparents came from Germany and I wanted to know more about what they may have known (or experienced) about global warming. What I found was very interesting. The article I found mainly showed data about how much global warming has affected Europe over the years and also just how long global warming has possibly been going on over there in Europe.
This study displayed by a Daily Mail UK Online author shows that during the Roman Empire it may have been warmer in northern England than it is today, and that is why the Romans were able to have vineyards there. The study also shows that around 2,000 years ago Britain and the rest of Europe experienced a series of higher temperature summers. German scientists have found that Earth has been on a 2,000 year cooling process, and is just starting to heat up again to cause the global warming that most people most everyone knows about. Lead author Professor Dr. Jan Esper of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz said he thought earlier estimations of historical temperatures were not quite as accurate as you may think:
“We found that previous estimates of historical temperatures during the Roman era and the Middle Ages were too low. This figure we calculated may not seem particularly significant, however it is not negligible when compared to global warming, which up to now has been less than 1 degree C.”
The scientists have used data from tree rings, an age-old indicator of climate change through looking at the width of the rings to find data about this topic. They have found that by looking at these rings they can tell that the earth has been cooling by 0.6 C over the past 2,000 years, which they attributed to the changing of Earth’s orbit, which brought it farther away from the sun.
In doing this study, I think these German scientists have been able to prove the possibility of the idea of global warming being less important than people think it is. They have looked at the problem from a different angle and found that there is a good chance that the opposite side of this massive debate is more believable and could be more is correct in their data and other information. The information on this study has been well collected from a dependable source, and this just helps to make this side of the argument seem more dependable.