Why do they hate us?
Want to get rid of global warming? If we wipe out 40 million people, that will get rid of 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Where is Genghis Khan when we need him?
The Mongol leader, who established a vast empire between the 13th and 14th centuries, helped remove nearly 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, claims a new study.
The deaths of 40 million people meant that large areas of cultivated land grew thick once again with trees, which absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
And, although his methods may be difficult for environmentalists to accept, ecologists believe it may be the first ever case of successful manmade global cooling.
Genghis Khan, green warrior. Because the Black Death just was not enough.
Time periods also looked at included the Black Death in Europe, the fall of China’s Ming Dynasty and the conquest of the Americas.
All of these events share a widespread return of forests after a period of massive depopulation.
But the bloody Mongol invasion, which lasted a century and a half and led to an empire that spanned 22 per cent of the Earth’s surface, immediately stood out for its longevity.
And this is how Genghis Khan, who repeatedly wiped out entire settlements, was able to scrub more carbon from the atmosphere than any other despot.
I think the roles of Lenin and Stalin in averting a global warming catastrophe are just insufficiently appreciated, even by global warming scientists.