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.
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