New Study Confirms Medieval Warm Period Was Indeed Global, And As Warm As Today

Here’s another blow to the global warming alarmist scientists who have claimed that the Medieval Warm Period was a local, North Atlantic phenomenon, and not a global event. What follows is a report on yet another paper contradicting this now worn-out claim.

China: Warm phase of the 20th century was not unusual in context of the last 2000 years

By Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt
(German text translated by P. Gosselin)

New research papers on China’s climate past are appearing almost weekly. From them, it is becoming obvious that the climate of the last centuries and millennia was governed by natural fluctuations.

On 8 August 2017, the Chinese Academy of Science published a remarkable press release. The most important news was already given by the subheading: The warm climate of the past decades was nothing unusual in the context of the last 2000 years in China. Already in the pre-industrial years, scientists can make out similarly warm periods:

Warm Periods in the 20th Century Not Unprecedented during the Last 2000 Years

A great deal of evidence relating to ancient climate variation is preserved in proxy data such as tree rings, lake sediments, ice cores, stalagmites, corals and historical documents, and these sources carry great significance in evaluating the 20th-century in the context of the last two millennia.

Prof. GE Quansheng and his group from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences collected a large number of proxies and reconstructed a 2000-year temperature series in China with a 10-year resolution, enabling them to quantitatively reveal the characteristics of temperature change in China over a common era.

‘We found four warm epochs, which were AD 1 to AD 200, AD 550 to AD 760, AD 950 to AD 1300, and the 20th century. Cold periods occurred between AD 210 and AD 350, AD 420 and AD 530, AD 780 and AD 940, and AD 1320 and AD 1900. The temperature amplitude between the warmest and coldest decades was 1.3°C,’ said Prof. GE.

The team found that the most rapid warming in China occurred over AD 1870–2000, at a rate of 0.56 ± 0.42°C (100 yr)−1; however, temperatures recorded in the 20th century may not be unprecedented in the last 2000 years, as reconstruction showed records for the period from 981 to 1100, and again from 1201 to 1270, were comparable to those of the present warm period, but with an uncertainty of ±0.28°C to ±0.42°C at the 95% confidence interval. Since 1000 CE—the period covering the Medieval Climate Anomaly, Little Ice Age, and the present warm period—temperature variations over China have typically been in phase with those of the Northern Hemisphere as a whole.

They also detected some interactions between temperature variation and precipitation change. The ensemble means of dryness/wetness spatial patterns in eastern China across all Centennial warm periods illustrate a tripole pattern: dry south of 25°N; wet from 25°–30°N; and dry to the north of 30°N. For all cold periods, the ensemble mean drought/flood spatial patterns showed an east to west distribution, with flooding east of 115°E and drought dominant west of 115°E, with the exception of flooding between approximately110°E and 105°E.

The general characteristics of the impacts of climatic change historically were negative in the cold periods and positive in the warm periods. For example, 25 of the 31 most prosperous periods in Imperial China during the past 2000 years occurred during periods of warmth or warming. A cooling trend at the centennial scale and social economic decline run hand-in-hand. The rapid development supported by better resources and a better environment in warm periods could lead to an increase in social vulnerability when the climate turns once more to being relatively colder.

‘Throughout China’s history,’ Prof. GE added, ‘both rulers and the ruled have adopted strategies and policies to cope with climate change, as permitted by the prevailing geography and circumstances of the time.’”

Figure: 2000-year temperature reconstruction in China (Image by GE Quansheng)

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    Spurwing Plover


    How many of Al Bores ancestors were burned at the stake for whitchcraft back then or practicing the dark arts and worshiping gaia

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    Between Ice Ages (glaciations) there are warm periods.
    The current Warm Period is the Holocene which started 15,000 years ago and PEAKED about 7500 years.
    If you look at the long term, temperatures have largely been FALLING
    for the last 7500 years.
    So, it goes without saying, that there have been warmer periods than today, since that is a fact by definition.
    To Say authoritatively the Medieval warming period was warm than today and Global in impact is a TOUGH position to justify…since no one has agreed to the dates of this event, the areas affected by this event.
    This study, to my knowledge, has not been peer reviewed nor has it been published for Vast Scientific review and challenge….which is routine. It remains an interesting study but by NO MEANS DEFINITIVE!
    Contrary to the article…this does not disprove Global Warming Science.
    The FACTS remain that the FALL in world temps. started 7500 years ago and that much of the last 1000 years is called the LITTEL ICE AGE.
    Around 1750 those Falling temperatures STOPPED FALLING and with in a couple decades started to RISE…and have continued to rise at an increasing rate.
    “Humans are Dumping More than 135 Times more CO2 into Earth’s Atmosphere than ALL of the Volcanoes, combined. Year after Year.
    In 1970,
    NASA launched the IRIS satellite that measured infrared spectra between 400 cm-1 to 1600 cm-1.
    In 1996,
    the Japanese Space Agency launched the IMG satellite which recorded similar observations.
    Both sets of data were compared to discern any changes in outgoing radiation over the 26 year period (Harries 2001).
    What they found was a drop in outgoing radiation at the wavelength bands that greenhouse gases
    such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) absorb energy…Decreasing outgoing radiation as Green House Gases were increasing.
    The change in outgoing radiation
    is consistent with theoretical expectations. Thus the paper found
    “direct experimental evidence for a significant increase in the Earth’s greenhouse effect” and Earth Warming.

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    Another fact free post by Rakoon-ski.

    “Around 1750 those Falling temperatures STOPPED FALLING and with in a couple decades started to RISE…and have continued to rise at an increasing rate.”

    Actually no! The “rate” has remained about the same.
    Man made Co2 was not a real factor before about 1934.

    • Most of the warming in the past century occurred before 1940, before CO2 emissions could have been a major factor

    • Temperatures fell between 1940 and 1970 even as CO2 levels increased

    Global warming is based on computer modelling and has had no empirical confirmation

    World expert in analysis of stochastic and hydrological processes, professor Demetris Koutsoyiannis, has shown that the models have made no valid predictions during the last 20 years; McKitrick, McIntyre and Herman have shown the model predictions of temperature exceed the observable trends by as much as 300%. Ferenc Miskolczi’s 3 papers, in 2004, 2007 and 2010 show that the greenhouse effect has not changed in the last 61 years, therefore proving that the slight heating which has occurred over the 20thC has not been due to greenhouse gases such as CO2.

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