Climate Change and the Little Ice Age

Happy Friday everyone.

Here is a video from a great YouTube channel called Crash Course which attempts to teach various subjects through 10 to 15 minute episodes. The courses range from World and American History to Ecology and Chemistry. The latest episode of World History examines the interaction between climate change and human social orders during the Little Ice Age, which was period of global cooling from about 1350 to about 1850. Specifically the episode focuses on the linkages between climate instability and political instability in the 17th century.

It is interesting to see the contribution of changing climate and increased social unrest in the Little Ice Age as it is relevant to us today as we experience climate change. It is not all doom and gloom, as the Little Ice Age influenced agricultural innovations illustrates that it is possible to adapt to changing climates.

If historical climate change is not your thing, then maybe you would like to see another episode from Crash Course’s Ecology series that examines pollution


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