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History Channel’s Little Ice Age Documentary

June 20, 2017

By Paul Homewood





h/t Gallopingcamel








I have not seen this documentary about the Little Ice Age by the History Channel.

It is well worth a look, even if just for the first 20 minutes or so.

All the elements are there that most of us will be familiar with. Not just the cold and expanding glaciers, but the extreme and volatile weather, storms, floods, famine.

A reminder as well about how the MWP that preceded it was a golden period as far as the climate was concerned.

Possible causes of the LIA are discussed, such as solar radiation, volcanic activity and natural oceanic cycles.

I have not watched it through to the end, but gather from the comments that there is the usual plug about global warming at the end.

Nevertheless, whenever you hear anybody talk about the tiny increase in temperatures since the 19thC, show them this video and ask them to explain why it is not part of just a natural cycle.

Or for that matter, which climate they would prefer today.

Well worth a bookmark.



Also, don’t forget my two posts summarising Brian Fagan’s book on the Little Ice Age:

  1. Broadlands permalink
    June 20, 2017 12:47 pm

    Which climate is preferred today? We have already been told that? NASA’s James Hansen has said we must lower CO2 to 350 ppm. And that was back in 1987….his preferred climate?

    • AlecM permalink
      June 20, 2017 1:44 pm

      We should all write to him about his obvious physics’ mistakes**.

      1969 – to miss a key part of Mie scattering (van der Hulst made the same mistake in 1967).

      1976 to claim ‘negative convection’ was real.

      2000 to admit to an American Institute of Physics’ reporter that negative convection was not required for 3-D models – that calculation by the late husband of Julia Slingo was based on the mistaken cloud physics.

      To grow rich on consultancy fees authorised by Gore to push the faux fizzicks needed to justify IPCC science and carbon trading.

  2. Green Sand permalink
    June 20, 2017 1:02 pm

    Thanks Paul.

  3. Don B permalink
    June 20, 2017 3:01 pm

    “As Greenland began to grow more isolated, the climate started to deteriorate. Starting in the mid fourteenth century, global temperatures began to cool, further reducing the island’s arable land. The glaciers advanced, and the Inuit crossed over from what is today northern Canada and began to push south.

    “The last years of Greenland’s Viking colonies were not pleasant. A cluster of skeletons exhumed from the Western Settlement reveals a picture of a dying civilization. Half of those who survived to eighteen died before age thirty, and the average height of both men and women is less than five feet.”

    The Sea Wolves, a history of the Vikings, Lars Brownworth, page 167

  4. christopher Neil curnow permalink
    June 20, 2017 5:51 pm

    except for the last 10 minutes of speculation it is a fascinating and reasonable description of the LIA. Now that Santer et al have put out a paper agreeing with a hiatus the ending may have to be rewritten to ignore the global warming scenario. Yes it gets ruined with the statement that the end of teh LAI was solely because of the Industrial Revolution and AGW through CO2.

  5. June 27, 2017 3:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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