Another reason to fear climate change: Mongol Hordes! From Scientific American:
The Mongol hordes led by Genghis Khan carved out the largest contiguous land empire history has ever witnessed, reaching at its apex from Asia's Pacific coast to eastern Europe and down into Persia and southeastern Asia. Although conventional wisdom suggests drought may have pushed them across the steppe to conquer more bountiful lands, ancient, long-dead trees discovered in a forbidding lava field in Mongolia give evidence that unprecedented rains might actually have helped fuel their expansion.
I certainly hope Ricochet's own James Delingpole is correct about this whole climate change business, but it certainly seems like a wet and warm climate made Genghis Khan's work a whole lot easier:
All in all, the research team of U.S. and Mongolian scientists sampled 17 trees....
Surprisingly, their preliminary findings based on the tree ring data suggest the Mongol empire actually rose during a time of abundant rain. These would have turned grasslands there extraordinarily lush, enabled the Mongols to raise vast numbers of horses and other livestock. "There are actually massive wetlands in the area, and during a warm, wet period, they might have been incredibly productive," Hessl says. "There's actually quite a lot of evidence that the Mongols were practicing agriculture around there in the early 1200s, contrary to this image of Mongols as only herders and these horseback hordes."
And here comes the challenge: if climate change is real, and serious, who emerges as the next Mongol Horde to take advantage of the weather?
My guess: the Swedes. They've been quiet lately. Too quiet.