Genghis Khan was the greatest greenie..he killed 40 million people and saved us from 700 million tonnes of carbon..killing is good for the earth eh?

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/was-genghis-khan-historys-greenest-conqueror

Genghis Khan’s Mongol invasion in the 13th and 14th centuries was so vast that it may have been the first instance in history of a single culture causing man-made climate change, according to new research out of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, reports Mongabay.com.

Unlike modern day climate change, however, the Mongol invasion cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

So how did Genghis Khan, one of history’s cruelest conquerors, earn such a glowing environmental report card? The reality may be a bit difficult for today’s environmentalists to stomach, but Khan did it the same way he built his empire — with a high body count.

Over the course of the century and a half run of the Mongol Empire, about 22 percent of the world’s total land area had been conquered and an estimated 40 million people were slaughtered by the horse-driven, bow-wielding hordes. Depopulation over such a large swathe of land meant that countless numbers of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests.

In other words, one effect of Genghis Khan’s unrelenting invasion was widespread reforestation, and the re-growth of those forests meant that more carbon could be absorbed from the atmosphere.

“It’s a common misconception that the human impact on climate began with the large-scale burning of coal and oil in the industrial era,” said Julia Pongratz, who headed the Carnegie Institution research project. “Actually, humans started to influence the environment thousands of years ago by changing the vegetation cover of the Earth’s landscapes when we cleared forests for agriculture.”

Pongratz’s study, which was completed with the help of her Carnegie colleague Ken Caldeira, as well as with German colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, measured the carbon impact of a number of historical events besides just the Mongol invasion, including the Black Death in Europe, the fall of China’s Ming Dynasty and the conquest of the Americas.

What all of these events share in common is the widespread return of forests after a period of massive depopulation, but the longevity of the Mongol invasion made it stand out as having the biggest impact on the world’s climate.

“We found that during the short events such as the Black Death and the Ming Dynasty collapse, the forest re-growth wasn’t enough to overcome the emissions from decaying material in the soil,” explained Pongratz. “But during the longer-lasting ones like the Mongol invasion … there was enough time for the forests to re-grow and absorb significant amounts of carbon.”

The 700 million tons of carbon absorbed as a result of the Mongol invasions roughly equals the amount of carbon global society now produces annually from gasoline.

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hey..i didnt write this crap..the “movement” did..this is how they think..and its pathological..and its at the heart of the alarmists deepest beliefs..drop the population asap..we will save the world..killing people helps the mother earth..do they realise that when there is more carbon in the atmosphere plants and trees grow bigger thicker and higher?..but thats a bad thing right?

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~ by seeker401 on January 29, 2011.

5 Responses to “Genghis Khan was the greatest greenie..he killed 40 million people and saved us from 700 million tonnes of carbon..killing is good for the earth eh?”

  1. so hitler, the holocaust, etc, etc, were good things, right? as we always knew, greens are evil.

  2. genghis and his hords would sent an army in a 100 mile front, beating drums and making noise to scare every animal forward. lions tigers, elephants etc. then the army would encircle the animals, slowly scaring them into the middle. eventually the soldiers would slaughter every animal they could, and have a great feast. they did this as a way of getting food. how often? how often does an army need to eat?

    consider how many endangered spicies, how many animals were slaughtered during his reign? millions….

    how environmentally friendly was that?

  3. And here’s the counter, which is equally stupid:

    http://www.grist.org/article/2011-01-26-genghis-khan-not-that-green-after-all

    See, he wasn’t so green afterall, because he had a lot (lot!) of kids and half of one percent of humanity (you know, people, ewwwwww!!!) is descended from him. LOL

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