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The impact on climate from years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind's active involvement in climate change really. Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum is the first book to trace the full historical sweep of human interaction with Earth's climate. Ruddiman takes us. In Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum Ruddiman advances two novel arguments about human-induced climate change. First, the author makes the case that a.
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Second, Ruddiman contends that the Black Death of the fourteenth to fifteenth centuries and then the death of Native Americans from Old World disease in the sixteenth century led to such massive forest regrowth that CO2 drawn from the atmosphere set off the "Little Ice Age.
plows plagues and petroleum Throughout, Ruddiman's book remains well-written and remarkably accessible for such a technical field as climatology. His ideas are wellordered and clearly presented with the aid of useful charts and graphs illustrating his main points about changes in the atmosphere.
Ruddiman has also done an adequate if unremarkable job reading up on such topics as the history of agriculture, deforestation, and disease.
Altogether, this is a rare work on climate history that professors can safely assign to upper-level undergraduates—and that alone makes the book worthwhile. Methane levels followed this cycle at first, but about years ago they began to rebound and currently the concentration is about parts per billion above the previous trends.
According to Ruddiman farming and related activities resulted in large amounts of greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane being released into the atmosphere at a time when natural cycles of the earth indicated they should have been falling.
The result has been an unintended warming cycle that prevented the earth from entering into another ice plows plagues and petroleum. The implications of this theory are wide-ranging and most certainly worthy of further exploration.
Plows, Plagues and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate
Throughout the record of carbon dioxide and methane emissions there are drops and rises in the amount of concentrations present in the atmosphere. Both of these events resulted in large numbers of people dying and the land plows plagues and petroleum once inhabited being reclaimed by the forest.
The "Ruddiman Hypothesis" will spark intense debate. India recently detached from Antarctica has been slamming into Asia, resulting in the churning up of rocks, creation of fine dust, and then monsoon rains absorb this dust and incorporate it into the soil, in the process absorbing small quantities of CO2 and sucking carbon dioxide out plows plagues and petroleum the air.
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All of this may put the northern hemisphere, with more land mass and thus more susceptible to changes in exposure to the sun, exposed more to the sun than the southern hemisphere.
Milankovitch theorized that the growth of ice sheets was dependent on summer radiation, and would tend plows plagues and petroleum grow when summer sun was low and melt when summer sun was high. Ruddiman discusses ice-age cycles and monsoon cycles in this context.
Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate by William F. Ruddiman
The Milankovitch cycles indicate that we should be heading into global cooling, and eventually an ice age. The argument seems plows plagues and petroleum plausible, but is by no means conclusive.
Skeptics will require much more sophisticated quantitative estimates of methane emissions, tied to estimates of areas under cultivation in each period and cultivation practices.
Perhaps some economic historian will take up this challenge.
Ruddiman convincingly demonstrates that carbon dioxide levels began to rise above their normal trend about years ago.