*GLOBAL COOLING FORECAST: Basics of Astrometeorology* Jan 11, 2018 11:28:59 GMT Ratty and glennkoks like this
Post by nautonnier on Jan 11, 2018 11:28:59 GMT
But in all fairness the Shang Dynasty, Romans and Vikings did not have John Deer tractors, ammonium nitrate or genetically modified crops to help them grow food during a solar minimum. Of course there were not 7.4 billion hungry mouths to feed when the Gaul's sacked Rome either. I am no farmer but it will be interesting to see if modern agricultural advances can mitigate any loss in production caused by a less active sun.
Anybody who has driven across America's heartland has to realize the incredible potential to grow food. Even if the growing areas shift a few hundred miles south due to climate change.
If you look at the weather reports for 1315AD and the start of 'The Great Famine' I doubt even modern machinery, chemicals and genetic engineering could cope. Continual flooding rains from spring to fall followed by long hard freeze winters with ground frozen to several feet deep. If Mother Nature doesn't want you to have crops - you don't get them.