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Climate Change Ended the Age of Pyramids…

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causing major ecological and human changes tht lasted over 100 years, according to scientists. “The people were like locusts,” temple inscriptions recorded, causing the end of the Pyramid building era as the Nile Delta dried up as a result of climate change that affected all of the Middle East, from Egypt to Iraq.

Egyptian Pyramids

Ancient Egypt Timeline: Egypt Guide: Discovery Channel.

About six thousand years ago, an important and dramatic climate change occurred that collapsed Nile Delta society, according to a variety of scientists from a number of fields. Around four thousand BCE, between the era of the old kingdom and the middle kingdom in Egypt, a dramatic change occurred in the Nile Delta. A dramatic climate change occurred that dried up rivers and the Nile Delta, causing the end of the pyramid age and brought drought throughout the Middle East. As a result of the drought, thousands of Egyptians died or left the Nile Delta. Hieroglyphics record people as acting like swarms of locusts, eating up everything in sight including their children. 



The African continent went from being a verdant landscape to the desert which remains today. 

The sub-Saharan desert continues to  grow rapidly, causing ever stronger and more frequent hurricanes to cross Atlantic to the shores of the U.S . Unfortunately, the no longer existing verdant forest of Africa will not save the U.S. population from dramatic climate weirding in which the northeast is likely to experience even more snowfall while the southern east coast experiences more flooding rains. Meanwhile, the western regions of the continental U.S. will experience drying and warmer weather.



What happened six thousand years ago or more was the result of a dramatic change in the Atlantic Gulf steam – the very same changes that scientists warn about today.  Amongst the greatest fear of climatologists today is the change in sea and air gulf streams. For example, when the Atlantic gulf stream is disrupted by warmer weather causing the arctic glaciers to melt, that colder water disrupts the flow of the Atlantic gulf stream, pushing it down lower in the ocean which causes colder weather in the northeast as well as disrupting the flow of the Pacific gulf flow bringing dryer air to the Western U.S.  and colder temperatures to Asia. The same thing happened six thousand years ago, causing the destruction for more than 100 years numerous Middle Eastern civilizations including the Old Kingdom of Egypt. 



Scientists studying climate change know without doubt that excess carbon emissions lead to warmer air and increased glacial melt. They know that increased carbon in the atmosphere changes air and water temperatures which affects planetary temperatures and weather patterns. Continually dumping increasingly more carbon into the atmosphere is toxic to human, plant and animal habitation, regardless of what climate deniers say, if only because doing so causes glacial melt and changes in air and water gulf streams. 



Humans have only one planet upon which to live. Unless they which to live in a similar environment to that which brought enormous suffering, hunger and death to many thousands or millions of inhabitants of six thousand years ago in the Middle East, then humans must change their habits to reduce carbon emissions before its too late.

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Written by Valerie Curl

January 1, 2011 at 9:33 AM

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  1. An extremely eloquent plea for direct action regarding carbon emissions. Interestingly enough, I am currently reading a fiction novel called “Decipher” that outlines the possible end of the world, or at least a dreadful cataclysm, caused by various carbon elements. This book seems to tie into your post. Good timing.

    Sandra Bell Kirchman

    January 1, 2011 at 12:50 PM

  2. Yup,
    The change that caused the Sahara area to become desert was a COOLING after the Holocene Maximum.
    Here is a reference which mentions this fact and there are many others.
    http://www.jstor.org/pss/2997337
    Perhaps your post needs a little revision?

    I think that we are in the grip of the biggest and most insane hoax in history, and unless the public get wise to it soon, we will all be parted from what wealth we have.

    Lets take a simple economic view of what is likely to happen.

    In the absence of sufficient alternative solutions/technologies, the only way western countries can ever attain the IPCC demands of CO2 emissions reduced to 40% below 1990 levels, (thats about 60% below todays) is to machine restrictions on the use of fossil fuels. Emission Trading schemes are an example.

    As the use of fossil fuels is roughly linear with anthropogenic CO2 emissions, to attain a 60% reduction of emissions , means about the same proportion of reduction of fossil fuel usage, including petrol, diesel, heating oil, not to mention coal and other types including propane etc.

    No matter how a restriction on the use of these is implemented, even a 10% decrease will make the price of petrol go sky high. In otherwords, (and petrol is just one example) we can expect, if the IPCC has its way, a price rise on petrol of greater than 500%.
    First of all, for all normal people, this will make the family car impossible to use. Worse than that though, the transport industry will also have to deal with this as well and they will need to pass the cost on to the consumer. Simple things like food will get prohibitively expensive. Manufacturers who need fossil energy to produce will either pass the cost on to the consumer or go out of business. If you live further than walking distance from work, you will be in trouble.
    All this leads to an economic crash of terrible proportions as unemployment rises and poverty spreads.
    I believe that this will be the effect of bowing to the IPCC and the AGW lobby. AND as AGW is a hoax it will be all in vain. The world will continue to do what it has always done while normal people starve and others at the top (including energy/oil companies and emission traders) will enjoy the high prices.

    Neither this scenario nor any analysis of the cost of CO2 emission reductions is included in IPCC literature, and the Stern report which claims economic expansion is simply not obeying economic logic as it is known in todays academic world.

    The fact that the emission reduction cost issue is not discussed, leads me to believe that there is a deliberate cover up of this issue. Fairly obviously the possibility of starvation will hardly appeal to the masses.

    AGW is baloney anyway!

    Cheers

    Roger

    http://www.rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com

    rogerthesurf

    January 1, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    • Frankly, I sincerely doubt your dire fiscal prognosis if governments, technology and innovation leaders come together to work on solutions. My blog post had nothing to do with the IPCC or AGW, but rather I hoped it to serve an announcement of a previously unknown occurrence in the past and what could occur in the future if humans refuse to pay attention. Humans are creative enough to beat global change if we choose. The only problem is do we choose to beat it or will we suffer and endure the global change felt by those ancient Middle Easterners six thousand years ago?

      Valerie Curl

      January 5, 2011 at 9:28 PM

  3. Valery,
    I’m sorry you chose to spam my last comment. You could have just as easily asked me not to carry the conversation any further.
    However refusing to contemplate an answer does say things about the beliefs and confidence in his/her beliefs of that person.

    To that end, I have published our brief conversation at http://www.globalwarmingsupporter.wordpress.com where my readers can contemplate your reasons for refusing further comment.

    Cheers

    Roger

    rogerthesurf

    January 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    • I’m sorry your comment went automatically into the spam box. I’ve approved it and as you can see it’s posted beneath the original post.

      Valerie Curl

      January 6, 2011 at 7:50 AM

      • Thanks Valerie,

        I hope you will see fit to compose a reply as well as allow it to be published soon.

        Cheers

        Roger

        rogerthesurf

        January 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM


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