In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours… Mark Twain


Robert Smithson – as in The Smithsonian Institution – described it by saying, The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere, and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye. Such is the nature of not only this book but the idea of climatology in general.  Anyone who has ever visited the desert knows and average daytime temperature of 100 degrees farenheit coupled with nighttime lows of 50 degrees allow the chamber of commerce to advertise an average temperature of 75 degrees. Our greatest fear is that the climatologists and the social engineers will connive at policies based on pseudo science that will usher in more harm than either global warming or a new ice age – or both!

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The Little Ice Age : how climate made history, 1300-1850  Brian Fagan  New York, NY : Basic Books, c 2000  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xxi, 246 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Only in the last decade have climatologists developed conjectures about yearly climate conditions in historical times. This book expounds on a long-standing suspicion: that the world endured a 500-year cold snap – The Little Ice Age – that lasted roughly from A.D. 1300 until 1850. The Little Ice Age spins a story of the turbulent, unpredictable and often very cold years of modern European history and how climate may have altered historical events.

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The Little Ice Age offers a new perspective on familiar events. Archaeologist Brian Fagan shows how the increasing cold affected Norse exploration; how changing sea temperatures caused English and Basque fishermen to follow vast shoals of cod all the way to the New World; how a generations-long subsistence crisis in France contributed to social disintegration and ultimately revolution; and how English efforts to improve farm productivity in the face of a deteriorating climate helped pave the way for the Industrial Revolution and hence for global warming.

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