‘The Little Ice Age and the Black Death – Video

Although the global climate experienced a cooling phase  of perhaps as little as one degree  during the Little Ice Age), it had a large impact on agricultural production.

The cooling phase brought with it wet conditions and heavy rainfall, which shortened the growing season by up to two months.

The kinds of seeds growing at the time were not able to withstand the extreme changes in the weather, leading to a shortage in usable crops.

Wheat and rye experienced a significant drop in production across Europe.

Snow could be found on the ground late in the spring, encouraging the parasites that devastated crop growth.

There was also less hay to feed livestock, and straw or pine was used as a substitute.

Much of the livestock had to be slaughtered to feed starving nations, and famine began to spread around Europe.

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Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

This would make a good home-school primer, says Bill.

5 thoughts on “‘The Little Ice Age and the Black Death – Video

  1. err no I wouldnt be using it for kids
    devil in the detail of the bit i watched
    snow on the ground stops pests either surviving or hatching, the ones that did make it when it warmed up, also faced the short seasons issues.
    cold temps of half to one deg will halt seeds sprouting
    warmer temps isnt such an issue things sprout earlier. ie why hothouses were invented;-)
    the claim of Salem witches n ergot is iffy
    it was St Vitus Dance from Ergot on rye used for bread and europe featured, Im not aware of any literature confirming usa it was the puritan zealots blaming mostly women (as ever) for anything they thought..might have gone wrong ie dry cows rabid animals whatever took someones fancy.
    because the views limited to sign up I wonder if the volcanic activity from iceland at the time rated a mention…it WAS a major factor also global dimming.

  2. oh n ps
    Salem was some many hundreds of years AFTER the 1300s serious goof there.

    pps Robert, your askimet isnt showing the”remember me” in tickbox?
    i have to fill in every post

  3. So!
    When will this all start to be significant? Will the weather finally quash the narrative of the Warmists? Will the population finally be forced by the cognitive dissonance of the weather they experience to the weather the MSM promises to reconsider their position?
    When will people conclude they have been had?

  4. The narrative was widened to include “extreme weather” over a decade ago. The media and the other simple minded targets have not yet noticed. If they had, then they would trumpeting BOTH the the heat AND the cold extremes we are seeing as “evidence” of their disease. The means of strangling any opposing view by subverting contrary evidence was – I think – deliberately emplaced as a “coffer dam” to limit the leakge of “belief” in the narrative. Effectively any “climate” event can be co-opted to their purposes.

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