History Of The Climate Crisis

17 Jul 1852, 7 – The Hampshire Advertiser at Newspapers.com

21 Aug 1901, Page 3 – Shelby County Herald at Newspapers.com


IN 637 the heat was so great in France and Germany that all springs dried up, and water became so scarce that many people died of thirst.

In 873 work in the field had to be given up ; agricultural labourers persisting in their work were struck down in a few minutes, so powerful was the sun.

In 993 the sun’s rays were so fierce that vegetation burned up as under the action of fire.

In 1000 rivers ran dry under the protracted heat ; the fish were left dry in heaps, and putrified in a few hours. The stench that ensued produced the plague.

Men and animals venturing in the sun in the summer of 1022 fell down dying; the throat parched to a tinder and the blood rushed to the brain.

In 1132 not only did the rivers dry up but the ground cracked on every side, and became baked to the hardness of stone. The Rhine in Alsace nearly dried up.

Italy was visited with terrific heat in 1139; vegetations and plants were burned up.

During the battle of Bela, in 1260, there were more victims made by the sun than by weapons; men fell down sunstruck in regular rows.

In 1303 and 1304 the Rhine, Loire, and Seine ran dry.

Scotland suffered particularly in 1625; men and beasts die in scores.

The heat in several French departments during the summer of 1705 was equal to that in a glass furnace. Meat could be cooked by merely exposing it to the sun. Not a soul dared venture out between noon and 4 p.m.

In 1718 the thermometer rose to 118 deg.

In 1779 the heat at Bologna was so great that a great number of people was stifled. There was not sufficient air for the breath, and people had to take refuge under-ground.

In July, 1793, the heat became intolerable. Vegetables were burned up, and fruit dried upon the trees. The furniture and woodwork in dwelling-houses cracked and split up; meat went bad in an hour.

The rivers ran dry in several provinces during 1811; expedients had to be devised for the grinding of corn.

In 1822 a protracted heat was accompanied by storms and earthquakes; during the drought legions of mice overran Lorraine and Alsace, committing incalculable damage.

In 1832 the heat brought about cholera in France; 20,000 persons fell victims to the visitation in Paris alone.

In 1846 the thermometer marked 125 deg. in the sun.

29 Nov 1888 – A RECORD OF HOT SUMMERS. – Trove

Meanwhile, people in British Columbia are terrified by nice weather.

bctoday on Twitter: dworry about it? Should we stop describing it as “nice” weather? 

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6 Responses to History Of The Climate Crisis

  1. Stephen Richards says:

    The heat in several French departments during the summer of 1705 was equal to that in a glass furnace. Meat could be cooked by merely exposing it to the sun. Not a soul dared venture out between noon and 4 p.m.

    This tradition still survives. The french tend their animals and gardens in the early hours (au bonheur) and late evening. They are in the house by 10:00

  2. GW Smith says:

    It’s a great service to the world you do, Tony, by reminding us of history this way. The average person has completely no perspective of reality due his ignorance of the past.

  3. DCA says:

    It is patently obvious that there are no climate models that describe the full range of natural variability.

    Can you imagine the outcry of alarmists if something as extreme as any of these things happened today?

  4. R2Dtoo says:

    Most of Canada is at or below average temps, and heavy precip has caused wide-spread flooding east of the Great Lakes. Our Weather Network, however, has gone on-and-on about above average temps in BC, and forest fire risk. They don’t know the difference between weather and climate.

  5. Robert Forest says:

    USA Today posts an article claiming CO2 levels measured at mauna loa surpassed
    415 ppm, ” levels have not been this high for millions of years, Holthaus said.”
    ” CO2 levels millions of years ago were higher than 2019 levels, but Earth’s temperatures were also much higher.”
    I’m in coastal California in our normal 62 degree weather. So where is the heat? Or does a computer somewhere need an algorithm tweaked to report that its hotter than usual?

    • Gator says:

      The low 19th century CO2 values cherrypicked by alarmists gives a false impression of historic CO2 levels, again making the present appear to be “worse than we thought”.

      The notion of low pre-industrial CO2 atmospheric level, based on such poor knowledge, became a widely accepted Holy Grail of climate warming models. The modelers ignored the evidence from direct measurements of CO2 in atmospheric air indicating that in 19th century its average concentration was 335 ppmv (Figure 2). In Figure 2 encircled values show a biased selection of data used to demonstrate that in 19th century atmosphere the CO2 level was 292 ppmv. A study of stomatal frequency in fossil leaves from Holocene lake deposits in Denmark, showing that 9400 years ago CO2 atmospheric level was 333 ppmv, and 9600 years ago 348 ppmv, falsify the concept of stabilized and low CO2 air concentration until the advent of industrial revolution.
      -Prof. Zbigniew Jaworowski
      Chairman, Scientific Council of Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection
      Warsaw, Poland

      Note the cherrypicks…

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