Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

The trigger for the Little Ice Age?

With modern concern about climate change the causes of previous climatic fluctuations attracts the attention of scientists and of historians. 

The Independent has an article about the latest  scientific explanation that has been proffered for the beginning of the so-called Little Ice Age about 1400. I am not a scientist but the case advanced seems plausible and based on natural and established phenomena. The article can read at Scientists discover ‘surprising’ cause of Europe’s little ice age

Whilst looking further about the concept on the Internet I quickly came upon an article from last October which appears to be making more or less the same argument. It is from ScienceNorway and can be read at What actually started the Little Ice Age?

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