Europe’s chill linked to disease

Monday, February 27th, 2006

From around 1500 to 1850, Europe endured a Little Ice Age. Europe’s chill linked to disease presents an unusual explanation:

Europe’s ‘Little Ice Age’ may have been triggered by the 14th Century Black Death plague, according to a new study.

Pollen and leaf data support the idea that millions of trees sprang up on abandoned farmland, soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

This would have had the effect of cooling the climate, a team from Utrecht University, Netherlands, says.

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