From your article:
If online gambling were legal, I'd be willing to bet that there were far far far fewer people alive to be affected by the previous warming trend as noted in the article than we have living in Europe now...
Boehm said the current warm period in the Alpine region began in the 1980s, noting that a similar warming occurred in the 10th and 12th centuries. However, the temperatures during those phases were "slightly under the temperatures we've experienced over the past 20 years."
Rising temperatures beget droughts... droughts beget crop failures... crop failures beget famine... famine begets misery...