So you think it’s global warming?

It's just weather. Get over it. …

1880.

12th January: Heaviest flood on record in the Daintree River, the water rose 40 feet, washed bullocks and a large quantity of goods and produce into the ocean, and drowned some men.

19th February: Floods in the north and west higher than those of 1864; much damage done to parts of the Western Railway.

And drowned some men?

Well yeh, y'had to be there.

It was awful when we woke and saw the flow
But you grabbed ahold yer dearest
And you took her to the nearest
And then went back
(When you could)
To make repair.

Mag. 8, Zagreb.

According to the Zagreb Meteorological Station data, the earthquake struck at 07:33, and was followed by a series of tremors of smaller intensity.

Contemporary records say that 3,800 outgoing tickets were sold at the Zagreb Main Station within the first 24 hours of the initial earthquake, as many locals sought to leave the city for Vienna, Ljubljana, Graz, and other Austro-Hungarian cities in the vicinity of Zagreb.

There isn't much to say of the magnitude that day or the people who were left without an home.
Just that thousands went away from the thousands who must stay
For the way it was is different to how it is.
Where disaster strikes and when
You leave or build again.
All it takes is time and men
Until the next time is now, this is this.

One of the most historically voluminous eruptions of lava began at Mauna Loa on 5th November 1880. The great eruption lasted 9 months and produced three main lava flows.

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3 thoughts on “So you think it’s global warming?

  1. What then?Climate change?In the 1880's telegraphs spanned the world. Cities in all the colonies of Britain got the latest news from all over the world.And barbed wire was invented.If anything on earth did anything to the earth it was barbed wire. Whole regions of a country could be fenced off in a year. Completely damming all the livestock in it.Anything alive surrounded by wire was to eat and drink only what was available in the region enclosed. Such a thing had never happened to herbivores, ever.Now they had to pillage the land in its season, ruin it. Or die:Originally posted by Romesy Australia:

    1799 to 1806 were very wet years, and in 1806 the floods culminated by a rise of 101 ft. at Windsor, on the Hawkesbury River. The crops were destroyed, wheat rose to 80s. a bushel, and a famine prevailed. The excessive rain kept on till 1810, but 1811 cut it short, and was so dry that water was worth 8d. per bucketful in Sydney. This drought was sharp but short, and there was plenty of increasing rain for years afterwards, till in 1820 the Hunter River rose 37ft.

    In this era, floods and fires were natural and not particularly disastrous. People who kept herds moved on. Or died trying.The ones who were good with the land, survived. Those who were good with the money sold out.People managed, one way or another.Nowadays we have politics:1921:Australia denies the image as being drought-prone lest this deter immigrants. Originally posted by H. S. Gullett, the Commonwealth Superintendent of Immigration:

    The Commonwealth Immigration Office appeals to every one of them to embark with the resolve that [travellers] will on all possible occasions speak well of Australia.Let none of them speak evil. Such words as 'drought' should be thrown overboard as the vessels put out to sea.”

    1990:Australia's Government acknowledges drought is part of Australian climate. Now you can see how the politics has changed:Drought relief for farmers and agricultural communities.

    restricted to times of so-called “exceptional circumstances”. In other words, relief would be available only for droughts of unusual length or severity.

    This put farmers in the hands of the government, the only people who could pull out the fence posts.Do you suppose it even occurred to them to do so?2008:Australia bans word 'drought' as too upsetting for farmers Originally posted by Drought Policy Review Expert Social Panel:

    The word "drought" makes farmers feel depressed and should be replaced with "dryness"

    http://home.iprimus.com.au/foo7/droughthistory.htmlSo that is what politicians can do instead.Change the little things. A bit at a time. Let the big things take care of themselves.It would be funny if we were not ALL of us, in the hands of politicians.

  2. The science behind the headlines:http://video.ted.com/talk/podcast/2009G/None/RachelPike_2009G.mp4These people are devoted to their craft, not liars.However the incredibly small leads to the incrementally corrupt through faulty design processes.And criminal stupidity and politics at the top end of things.I haven't come across a TED talk that analyses the manipulation of criminal activities such as major banking institutions Bank-Rolling de-forestry. And the regionally damaging investments such as land drainage and hedge removal.Perhaps the most pernicious of all regimes are the monopolies that supermarkets have over food producers. Is there a TED on that?All the disasters that have stuck us tend to come from a mind numbingly long series of stupid.For example build houses on flood plains and wait.Chop down all the trees and wait.Force all the farmers to grow just one or two crops and wait.You will soon see disasters.Not just one or two, either.

  3. [quot=The Register]A new study concluded that temperatures in the last decade are far from being the hottest in history.Global temperatures have been falling for the past 2,000 years and have been higher than they are today – despite the absence of any significant amounts of human-released carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back then.[/quote]http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/10/global_warming_undermined_by_study_of_climate_change/The Romans put a tax on trees.Think about the repercussions that little charm had on their environment.But we are talking about statistics, dendrochronology and climate change, so don't believe a word of it. Not that far back, anyway.Another problem of course is that northern Europe, though nominally under Roman control, was covered in forests nobody was going to worry about paying taxes on.I'd find it hard to follow how any large forest could be razed by Roman tax collectors profitably if thy came across defaulters. At least not by Roman tax collectors who wanted to die of old age.But what about global warming in non Roman parts of the earth in those days?I've just defeated my argument.None the less, many ports in Roman regions, did die after getting silted up.Soooo…

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