Global Warming, 5,000 Years In The Making?

by Patrick Appel

The Economist reports on the connection between climate change and farming:

Imagine a small group of farmers tending a rice paddy some 5,000 years ago in eastern Asia or sowing seeds in a freshly cleared forest in Europe a couple of thousand years before that. It is here, a small group of scientists would have you believe, that humanity launched climate change. Long before the Industrial Revolutionindeed, long before a worldwide revolution in intensive farming, the results of which kept humanity alivepeople caused unnatural exhalations of greenhouse gases that had an impact on the world’s climate.