300 Year Drought During The Little Ice Age

For at least 3,000 years, a drumbeat of potent droughts, far longer and more severe than any experienced recently, have seared a belt of sub-Saharan Africa that is now home to tens of millions of the world’s poorest people, climate researchers report in a new study.

The last such drought, persisting more than three centuries, ended around 1750, the research team writes in the April 17 issue of the journal Science.

Study Finds Pattern of Severe Droughts in Africa – NYTimes.com

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4 Responses to 300 Year Drought During The Little Ice Age

  1. David A says:

    Additional CO2 is desperately needed in such a drought condition. A recent CO2 science study showed that even a 15% increase in CO2 can produce a 29 to 46 percent increase in water efficiency.

    With our current, one year Southern California drought I noticed that spring bloom of our native shrubbery was yet very strong. I don’t think this would have happened at all with 280 ppm CO2.

  2. David A says:

    Oh, that particular study was for some trees.

  3. Jake Sinclair says:

    the whole idea of global warming is not even based on fact as anyone who has taken chemistry SHOULD know. The water level goes down not up when ice melts. Try it the next time you get a cup of water. Ice floats because it is less dense than water and when water freezes it expands.

  4. Ulric Lyons says:

    During each centennial solar minimum the AMO is warmer which makes the Sahel wetter but further south into Ghana becomes drier instead. The idea that rising CO2 forcing could exacerbate these conditions is self contradictory, in theory it should inhibit them through a positive influence on the North Atlantic Oscillation.

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