Did Ancient Arab Culture Record First Example of Climate Change?
A new study finds that diaries and writings from ninth-century Baghdad provide insight regarding strange weather from the era, which could allow scientists to better understand the planet’s weather history.
The surviving documents were written by historians and scholars during the Islamic Golden Age between A.D. 816 and A.D. 1009. They represent one of the few examples of detailed climate reports from the time, according to scientists. The research was carried out by a team of Spanish scientists from the Universidad de Extremadura. They say that the texts mostly deal with social and religious events that occurred at the time. However, many of them do mention unusual weather events as well.