Interesting how these two maps correlate, isn’t it? Even in areas where the drought is having dire impacts, people are skeptical of climate change. Frankly, it’s starting to look a lot like the Medieval Warm Period to us. Is all of this caused by human beings? Doubtful. In our opinions. Though 7 billion humans are certainly contributing to the problem. Climatic episodes like this tend to last for an average of around 500 years.
Here’s a list of climatic episodes we find documented in the archaeology record over the past 1,800 years.
AD 200-400 warm
AD 400-800 cold
AD 900-1200 warm
AD 1300-1850 cold: Little Ice Age
AD 1850- ? Maybe around AD 2300 warm
For those interested in reading more about this subject, we recommend:
THE GREAT WARMING, by Brian Fagan
THE LITTLE ICE AGE, by Brian Fagan
CLIMATE AND CULTURE CHANGE IN NORTH AMERICA AD 900-1600, by William C. Foster