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The Little Ice Age Was The Coldest Period For 10000 Years

April 4, 2014

By Paul Homewood





Jørgen Peder Steffensen is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and one of the world’s leading experts on ice cores. Using ice cores from sites in Greenland, he has been able to reconstruct temperatures there for the last 10000 years. So what are his conclusions?

  • Temperatures in Greenland were about 1.5 C warmer 1000 years ago than now.
  • It was perhaps 2.5 C warmer 4000 years ago.
  • The period around 1875, at the lowest point of the Little Ice Age, marked the coldest point in the last 10,000 years.
  • Other evidence from elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere confirms this picture.

His final comment is particularly telling :-

I agree totally we have had a global temperature increase in the 20thC – but an increase from what? ..Probably an increase from the lowest point in the last 10,000 years.

We started to observe meteorology at the coldest point in the last 10,000 years.


And people are worried we have warmed up a bit since!

The full video can be seen here.

  1. R2Dtoo permalink
    April 4, 2014 1:51 pm

    Short and sweet. I hope every other blog picks this up and spreads it everywhere. Thanks.

  2. April 4, 2014 3:06 pm

    I had heard that 1850 was the end of the LIA. He is pushing it out another 25 years. Interesting.

  3. April 4, 2014 4:11 pm

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 –1832) called the early 1800th the ‘cold epoch’. Interesting to read this: GOETHE-DISCOVERER OF THE ICE AGE “ By DOROTHY CAMERON, 3 page essay at:

    EXTRACT: “It is less well known that he was a scientist, a geologist, and that among his achievements he was one of the first to attribute the transport of erratic blocks to glaciers, and to believe that an ice sheet covered northern Germany; furthermore, he was the very first to believe in an ice age. “

  4. Retired Dave permalink
    April 4, 2014 8:32 pm

    Matt Ridley had an excellent piece on this subject back in 2012, published in the Wall Street Journal, I think, and on his own website blog – but of course he is one of those nasty denier people (except that he is NOT).

    I see the video by Jørgen Peder Steffensen is from 3 years ago and is very interesting.

    Also worth adding in is that the worse century (in the last 600 years) for tropical revolvers was the 17th century both in Eastern USA and the NE pacific rim. I have often thought that it was probably one of the coldest centuries in the Holocene (not that the climate recognises centuries you understand!!??).

  5. April 4, 2014 8:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Tallbloke's Talkshop and commented:
    Following the post on the climate modeller who admits they assume the eEarth was in balance at the onset of industrialisation

  6. Don permalink
    April 4, 2014 8:59 pm

    It really does not get better than this. Someone needs to watch Steffensen’s back.

  7. April 4, 2014 10:59 pm

    Reblogged this on pgtruspace's blog.

  8. April 4, 2014 11:07 pm

    Reblogged to mine. Thank you. At least you can see the writing on the wall. Warm spikes in colder trend do not make for long term global warming. Cool and damp is the trend for the next 30 years. pg

  9. April 5, 2014 8:53 pm

    Thanks, Paul, Jørgen. Very good article.
    Jørgen Peder Steffensen makes it very clear; We started to measure global temperature from a low point. From there, it seems like we had some global warming and it then stopped after the great El Niño in 1998. What now? Nature alone will tell.
    I think that we are at a “tipping point”, not in climate but on economics.

  10. April 5, 2014 10:10 pm

    This video, “We Are Living In Cold Times” is featured in at
    ClimateClips is a great website with impressive videos.

  11. jimmy/w permalink
    April 11, 2014 12:17 pm

    Big famine in India in 1876-1878

    Nature can give people a very difficult time. El niño’s and la niña’s cause changing weather patterns.


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