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08/30/2011
New fossil finds in China advances evolutionary history of mammals
The shrew-like creature is the earliest known example of an animal whose kind evolved to provide nourishment to their unborn through a placenta.
08/27/2011
7th-nearest star discovered
Scientists using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the coldest class of star-like bodies, with temperatures as cool as the human body.
08/20/2011
Geological activity in Africa leads to slow breakup of the continent
The unexpected eruption of the vulcan Nabro in Eritrea shows that the African continent is starting to break apart. For a geological process this also happens very rapidly.
08/19/2011
Spacecraft Snaps First Close-Up Photo of Huge Asteroid Vesta
_NASA's Dawn spacecraft has beamed home the first close-up photo of the huge asteroid Vesta, just days after entering orbit around the distant space rock.
08/19/2011
Russian for NASA-Astronauts
In connection with the end of the Space-Shuttle program, NASA has organized Russian-language courses, which will be necessary for further flights into space.
08/17/2011
Birth of an Alien Planet Possibly Detected Near Young Star
Researchers may have spotted a new alien planet coalescing out of the dusty disk surrounding a young star — an observation that, if confirmed, would be a cosmic first.
09/07/2011      share:derubg

Global Warming For Peace

This text was excerpted from: A Warmer Planet Is a More Peaceful Planet, Craig D. Idso, American Thinker, 2011

Several historical studies that analyzed war, violence and conflict in Europe and China suggest that a warm climate is in general more peaceful than a cool climate.

A new report published August 24 by Nature magazine claims that "global climate is a major factor in organized patterns of violence" around the world and that warmer periods lead to more war and conflict.

One problem: the study is 180 degrees away from reality. Even Nature felt it necessary to publish a dissenting view in the same edition of the magazine.

China is a good test case for the relationship between global warming and social stability because it has been a well-populated, primarily agricultural country for millennia, and it has a relatively well-recorded history over this period.

Research from 2005 revealed that war frequencies, peak war clusters, nationwide periods of social unrest, and dynastic transitions were all significantly associated with cold, not warm, phases of China's oscillating climate.

Specifically, all three distinctive peak war clusters (defined as more than 50 wars in a ten-year period) occurred during cold climate phases, as did all seven periods of nationwide social unrest and nearly 90 percent of all dynastic changes that decimated this largely agrarian society. The researchers conclude that climate change was "one of the most important factors in determining the dynastic cycle and alternation of war and peace in ancient China," with warmer climates having been immensely more effective than cooler ones in terms of helping "keep the peace."

A similar study from 2010 examined data on Chinese history, including temperature, wars and rebellions, epidemics, famines, and population for the past millennium. Over the study interval of 911 years, it was found that nomad migrations, rebellions, wars, epidemics, floods, and droughts were all higher during cold periods.

Also in 2010, Richard S.J. Tol of the University of Amsterdam and Sebastian Wagner of the Institute for Coastal Research in Geesthacht, Germany essentially did for Europe what the Chinese researchers did earlier for China. As with the scientists who studied China, their results indicate that "periods with lower temperatures in the pre-industrial era are accompanied by violent conflicts."

For more information, see "Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report", released by The Heartland Institute, the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, and Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP).

A Warmer Planet Is a More Peaceful PlanetCraig D. IdsoAmerican Thinker08/31/2011
Civil conflicts are associated with the global climateNature08/24/2011
These follow-up articles used this article as a reference:
Environment Minister calls Kyoto protocol "outdated"12/01/2011
Climate conference decides to hold climate conference12/23/2011
The Dying Cult of Global Warming05/22/2012
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