Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Environmentalists find new hero. It is Genghis Khan.

Genghis: Birth of an Empire: A Novel

Environmentalists find new hero. It is Genghis Khan. He mass murdered so many people during his invasions, carbon emissions went down significantly.
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 Mongabay.com.

Unlike modern day climate change, however, the Mongol invasion actually cooled the planet, effectively scrubbing around 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

So how exactly 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.


huemaurice7 said...

In France during the war, the Germans were called "Colorado beetles". Today is "Green"!

Benetz said...

I have a great time reading it. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

So Mau, Hitler, Stalin and the like can all be hailed as Earth Firsters.

GW said...

Fascinating - in praise of mass slaughter. Will they be praising the Nazis next?

Leaving aside for a moment the total moral reprehensibility of the green's choice of heroes, what the greens are failing to realize, in their embrace of the great Khan, was that after each days slaughter, the nights were spent in rape of the captured women. Latest estimates are that 16 million people currently alive can trace their DNA back to Ghengis. Today's greens ignore his role in overpopulation of our modern world. http://towncommons.blogspot.com/2007/05/its-good-to-be-king-or-khan.html