Genghis Khan vs. Global Warming

There are hybrids, cap-and-trade, and wind energy ... and then there's Genghis Khan. Guess which one has the biggest environmental impact?

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

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.


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^^ the thing that makes Ghengis Kahn a ruthless leader was the shear number of people he killed. in a time where the most technological weapon was a horse with an archer on it, he butchered 40,000,000 people with swords and arrows. one pyramid a general of his built was over 50 feet high, made entirely of heads.

however, the radical enviornmental movement today sees people as disposible too. take this ad for instance:

this organization 1010, has connections to nearly every government in the industrialized world, and their ad department truely didn't see a problem with what they made.....until other people watched it.

no pressure
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So with the lagtime between slaughter and reforestation, could this mean HE was responsible for the Little Ice Age of around 1400 AD?

If so, "glowing environmental report card" my freezin' ass!
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Genghis Khan was probably not more cruel than other rulers. These were brutal times. The death toll is heavily disputed and one may argue how far Khan was directly responsible. In many cases horror stories about historic rulers are based on propaganda. Khan's political achievements are at least impressive. He conquered a vast territory, adopted technology and knowledge, he promoted education/science, reformed law and politics, provided freedom of religion, had infrastructures improved, things like that.

I wonder what the effect of plagues was on the climate, since these were absolute killers.
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