Last year, around this time, I took an extended “sabbatical”. In my absence, sometimes the global warming scam may not have received much attention.
But, of the several posts made while I was “screwing my head back on”, this one absolutely NAILS it.
To me, this post is GREAT ammunition when debating a Goron about global warming. From the Archives Department of H&F, may I present THIS from the man himself, Hardnox.
What About Those Vikings In Greenland?
Yesterday, I posted a piece written by David Archibald with regard to CO2 levels. My commentary included a conversation with a young lady and the Vikings in Greenland, hence this post.
There is a mountain of information out there for anyone wanting to look for it. I find this topic the easiest counter-global warming narrative when conversing with Global Warming believers.
Below is just a smidgen of what I have found:
From Wikipedia: Europeans became aware of Greenland’s existence, probably in the early 10th century, when Gunnbjörn Ulfsson, sailing from Norway to Iceland, was blown off course by a storm, and happened to sight someislands off Greenland. During the 980s, explorers from Iceland and Norway reached the southwest coast of Greenland, found the region uninhabited, and settled there. The settlers named the island Greenland (Grænland in Old Norse and modern Icelandic, Grønland in modern Danish and Norwegian). Tradition has it that Erik the Red coined the name—in effect as a marketing device. In both the Book of Icelanders(Íslendingabók)—a medieval account of Icelandic history from the 12th century onward—and the Icelandic saga, The Saga of Eric the Red (Eiríks saga rauða)—a medieval account of his life and of the Norse settlement of Greenland—it is written, “He named the land Greenland, saying that people would be eager to go there if it had a good name.” (Although there is no particular reason to doubt this information, sagas often reflect oral traditions which may or may not be historically accurate.)
The Norse established their settlements along fjords (such as the Tunuliarfik and Aniaaq fjords in the central area of the Eastern settlement). Because this was during the so-called Medieval Warm Period, the vegetation there was very different from what it is today. Excavations have shown that the fjords at that time were surrounded by forests of 4-to 6-metre-tall birch trees and by hills covered with grass and willow brush. The Norse probably cleared the landscape by felling trees to use as building material and fuel, and by allowing their sheep and goats to graze there in both summer and winter. The climate also became increasingly colder in the 14th and 15th centuries, during the period of colder weather known as the Little Ice Age.
According to the sagas, Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland for a period of three years for committing a murder. He sailed to Greenland, where he explored the coastline and claimed certain regions as his own. He then returned to Iceland to persuade people to join him in establishing a settlement on Greenland. The Icelandic sagas say that 25 ships left Iceland with Erik the Red in 985 AD, and that only 14 of them arrived safely in Greenland. This date has been approximately confirmed by radiocarbon dating of some remains at the first settlement at Brattahlid (now Qassiarsuk), which yielded a date of about 1000. According to the sagas, it was also in the year 1000 that Erik’s son, Leif Eirikson, left the settlement to explore the surrounding waters, and came across what he called Vinland, which is generally assumed to have been located in what is now Newfoundland.
More: There are many theories as to why the Norse settlements collapsed in Greenland after surviving for some 450–500 years (AD 985 to 1450-1500). Jared Diamond, author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, suggests that some or all of five factors contributed to the demise of the Greenland colony: cumulative environmental damage, gradual climate change, conflicts with hostile neighbors, the loss of contact and support from Europe, and, perhaps most crucial, cultural conservatism and failure to adapt to an increasingly harsh natural environment. Numerous studies have tested these hypotheses and some have led to significant discoveries. On the other hand there are dissenters: In The Frozen Echo,Kirsten Seaver contests some of the more generally-accepted theories about the demise of the Greenland colony, and asserts that the colony, towards the end, was healthier than Diamond and others have thought. Seaver believes that the Greenlanders cannot have starved to death, but rather may have been wiped out by Inuit or unrecorded European attacks, or they may have abandoned the colony to return to Iceland or to seek out new homes in Vinland. However, the physical evidence from archeological studies of the ancient farm sites does not show evidence of attack. The paucity of personal belongings at these sites is typical of North Atlantic Norse sites that were abandoned in an orderly fashion, with any useful items being deliberately removed; but to others it suggests a gradual but devastating impoverishment. Midden heaps at these sites do show an increasingly impoverished diet for humans and livestock.
Temperature shifts in Greenland from 500 AD through the 1990’s:
The known Viking Colonization:
From “Vikings During the Medieval Warming Period” by Scott A. Mandia
Professor – Physical Sciences Suffolk University :
By the year 1300 more than 3,000 colonists lived on 300 farms scattered along the west coast of Greenland (Schaefer, 1997.) However, even as early as 1197, the climate had turned much less favorable and drift ice was beginning to appear along the vital trade routes (Lamb, 1995.) Cool weather caused poor harvests in an already fragile climate. Because of the poor harvests there was less food for the livestock which resulted in a decreased meat supply. These conditions made it even more vital that trade continued with Iceland and the rest of Europe.
Due to an increase in drift ice along Greenland’s east coast, the sailing route had to be changed. Ships had to head farther south and then turn back to reach the settlements along the southwest coast. The longer distance and increased threat of ice caused fewer ships to visit Greenland (Bryson, 1977.) Ivar Bardsson, a Norwegian priest who lived in Greenland from 1341 to 1364, wrote: “From Snefelsness in Iceland, to Greenland, the shortest way: two days and three nights. Sailing due west. In…the sea there are reefs called Gunbiernershier. That was the old route, but now the ice is come from the north, so close to the reefs that none can sail by the old route without risking his life.” (Ladurie, 1971.) In 1492, the Pope complained that no bishop had been able to visit Greenland for 80 years on account of the ice (Calder, 1974.) It is most likely that his Greenland congregation was already dead or had moved on by that time. Hermann (1954) notes that during the mid-1300’s many Greenlanders had moved on to Markland (presently Newfoundland) in search of a more suitable environment, mainly due to a cooler climate and over-use of their natural resources.
The graves and ruins in Greenland show that the people did make an attempt at civilized living until the end but the cold and lack of proper nourishment took a heavy toll (Bryson, 1977.) The early Greenland Vikings stood 5’7″ or taller but by about 1400, Lamb (1966) states that the average Greenlander was probably less than five feet tall. After World War I, Denmark sent a commission to Greenland which found the remains of the early settlements. In their last years, the Greenland Vikings were severely crippled, dwarflike, twisted, and diseased (Hermann, 1954.)
Here’s a link from Greenland.com that boasts about the 1000 year Viking inhabitants to the area.
Here’s what South Greenland looks like now:
I could go on with many more examples and bore you to tears but I find the absolute absurdity of Global Warming beyond words when historical evidence of climatic shift is historical fact that is so willfully ignored.
Yes, we need to be good stewards of the earth but anything else concerning Global Warming is pure fabricated bullshit and the conversation that WE mere earthlings can legislate the climate needs to stop.
Dear readers, can there be ANY doubt this is THE way to make your CORRECT points about the fallacy of man-made global warming ? Hardnox absolutely NAILED this.
There is NO doubt in MY mind. Now, if ONLY we could get ANYONE on the loony left to acknowledge this, we would be making some small progress. But, as Gorons are wont to do, I’m SURE they will ALL just deny it, and get the “Denial Police” to haul us all off to Ed Schultz’ Climate Change Deniers Concentration Camp.
My thanks to Hardnox for originally posting this while I was “out”.
CLYDE. PROUD to be a “Denier”, and associated with this blog.