Let’s hear it for Genghis Khan everyone, his bloody conquests just earned him the title of greenest invader in the history of man.
‘It’s a common misconception that the human impact on climate began with the large-scale burning of coal and oil in the industrial era. Actually, humans started to influence the environment thousands of years ago by changing the vegetation cover of the Earth’s landscapes when we cleared forests for agriculture.” said Julia Pongratz, who headed Carnegie Institution’s study that measured carbon impact of a number of historical events that involved a large number of deaths.
Apparently, the armies of Genghis Khan killed so many people that huge cultivated areas were once again covered with thick forests that absorbed carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. According to historical data, during the rule of this famous leader, the Mongol Empire was responsible for the deaths of over 40 million people, which in turn helped remove around 700 million tons of carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere.
The conquest of the Americas, the Fall of the Ming Dynasty, the Black Death period in Europe, and other major events that involved a large number of human deaths,were also considered in this recent research, but Genghis Khan’s conquests were declared the most environment-friendly of all these otherwise tragic events.
I guess it’s true what’s they say, there’s an upside to everything, it’s just a matter of perspective.