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Scientists disprove Greenland Viking climate theory

Climate researchers have disproved the theory that roving Vikings including Erik the Red were able to settle on Greenland around AD 985 because the island was warmer at that time.

An icy Greenland.
An icy Greenland. Image by Stig Nygaard / CC BY 2.0

Climate change critics have long pointed to this as evidence that the current period of global warming is due to the natural climate patterns of the earth over millennia, and not because of human activity. But, using new techniques to date rock sample scientists in Greenland and on Baffin Island, northern Canada, scientists have shown that the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ (which was evident across Europe around the time of Erik the Red) was actually not a global phenomenon, and that Greenland was as icy as ever during that time frame. The new evidence comes as world leaders gather in Paris to discuss ways to tackle climate change. Read more: buffalonews.com