Biblical Climate Change Was Dramatic, Sudden, Devastating – Study

A recent study indicates that climate change in the Dead Sea region in biblical times was sudden and dramatic, and may have fueled human events recorded in the Bible, reports Bob Berwyn at Climate Progress.  Scientists at the University of Bonn looked at changes in pollen in lake sediment cores to construct a 10,000 year climate change record; their results correspond closely to data from a previous study. Data indicated drying spells that dried the area dramatically within decades, likely devastating agriculture and human populations.   One of those dry spells may have resulted in the Canaanites’ urban culture collapsing while nomads invaded their area, perhaps establishing a climate link to biblical events described in the Old Testament as the exodus of the Israelites to the Promised Land.  Fast forward to today, when in 2011, NASA noted that the increasing frequency of  Mediterranean droughts are largely due to human-induced climate change. If so, then human actions could well cause another sudden dramatic dry spell, devastating the much larger human populations living there today.

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Research Shows Rapid Pace Of Historic Desertification In Dead Sea Region Bob Berwyn http://us.mc1844.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome?.partner=sbc&.gx=1&.tm=1341058330&.rand=8cgukur5n5pjn#9

NOAA Bombshell: Human-Caused Climate Change Already a Major Factor in More Frequent Mediterranean Droughts  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/10/27/355639/noaa-climate-change-mediterranean-droughts/  Joe Romm

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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