Horrifying account of the Little Ice Age – Segment 1

A must-see video.____________________

“When I talk to people about the Grand Solar Minimum (GSM) I usually point them to the BBC documentary called “Little Ice Age Big Chill”,” says reader Norman Grant Smith. “I tell them that the documentary will show them exactly what happened during the last GSM, and this is exactly what will happen in the GSM that is starting right now.”

“This video is an amazing history lesson. And it’s also kind of a horror story as well. People eating their children. Thousands and thousands of “witches” being burned for “causing the clouds rain storms, snow storms, crop failures, plagues etc. That kind of thing. It’s a must-see for all of us.”

This is a l-o-o-o-o-n-g video, so I’ve taken notes (below) in 15-minute segments.

Here are notes from the beginning to the 15-minute mark.

This isn’t “about the deep freeze when woolly mammoths roamed 15,000 years ago in the past,” says this documentary from the BBC. “It’s a different era of cataclysmic cold…. the period now known as the Little Ice Age.”

Some people froze to death in early September.

“Millions perish as the cold triggers a deadly chain reaction across civilization.”

Alpine ice engulfed villages and farmlands in the Alps.

Temperatures were as much as 2 to 3 degrees C less than today. says Dr Peter D DeMenocal, professor of Earch Sciences at Columbia University. That may not sound like much, but in the modern world it would really be a big disruption to our lives.

It was a period of very volatile climate shifts, says Dr Brian Fagan, author of The Little Ice Age. 

“It was a modest change compared to what we see in the geological record,” says Dr, Lloyd D. Keigwin, Jr., of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. “But we know from historical accounts that it didn’t take much to disrupt society.”

It was an era when New York harbor froze for five weeks, and when 2 feet of snow fell on New England in June and July.

It lead to famines which drove peasants into Paris to demand affordable bread, fueling the chaos that lead to the French Revolution.

Climatologists believe it was not an isolated event, but part of a recurring cycle that provides a chilling blueprint of our future.

Sediment cores show that average temperatures during The Little Ice Age were 4 degrees F cooler than today (about 9:57 into the video).

That doesn’t sound like much, but human populations are alarmingly vulnerable to even the smallest drop in temperature.

The Little Ice Age began with devastating suddenness, from a climate not unlike our own.

If crops failed, people starved, says Dr Thomas Gale Moore of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.

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I stopped taking notes at the 15-minute mark. See more tomorrow.

Thanks to Norman Grant Smith for this video

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May 7, 2018 at 06:46AM

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