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A87965897 - A Settler's View of Climate Change in North America

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Entry: A Settler's View of Climate Change in North America - A87965897
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China - U1590784

I had a lot of fun reading this book, and I thought you might enjoy a different kind of climate-change discussion for a change.

Also, there are bears eating Englishmen.

smiley - dragon


A87965897 - A Settler's View of Climate Change in North America

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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Thank you - that is interesting and I like how you have structured the Entry around the quotes.

The only thing I wasn’t clear about was why grandpa’s anecdote didn’t count as an unreliable primary source.

I like the note that bears are not to be messed with... Reminds me of a ‘joke’ Eddie Izzard told at a show I went to, claiming that people could escape from bears by running a marathon, so anyone who couldn’t run a marathon would be eaten... “Liverpool didn’t like that”...


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - rofl I guess Grandpa's anecdote would be an unreliable primary source, but I meant the joke to mean, 'That's not the kind of primary source we're talking about.' Tell you what, I'll reword.

I'm not too keen on Mr Izzard's humour myself, but I wouldn't try to outrun a bear in a marathon... smiley - laugh For what it's worth, the local experts here tell you to run at right angles to the bear's line of approach, and never to block the path the bear took out of cover, because they'll go back that way.

My best advice would be to get inside, lock the door, and use the device not available in Dr Doddridge's day: the telephone. Call Animal Control. smiley - winkeye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcKAdu-gxok


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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Thanks for rewording - that's clear now. smiley - ok

Yes, that 'joke' was in very poor taste given that it was inaccurate advice that disparaged the audience... smiley - blue A fascinating experience to see a comedian 'die on stage' metaphorically, but not an experience I'd volunteer to repeat...

Thanks for the video - just shows how big and strong bears are, even though they might look cuddly from a distance...


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - ok Yes, there's a reason our distant ancestors were afraid of bears. As one writer put it, the only advantage we have over bears is thumbs. They're bigger than we are, very grumpy, and just as smart.

I would like to see more of those kinds of comedians 'die' on stage, myself. smiley - winkeye Cull the herd.


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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

I finally managed to read this and found it very interesting! Truly fascinating observations.


A87965897 - A Settler's View of Climate Change in North America

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Thanks, Tav. smiley - hug


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P. Phred Firecloud

Very interesting and well written. It was hard to believe a temperature change of 0.4–0.7 °C (0.72–1.26 °F) could cause so much death, migration, starvation, riots, and even Typhus outbreaks. I wonder if an external link to the "Year Without a Summer" article in Wiki would add anything or even a footnote listing some of the catastrophic world effects...


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Hey, thanks for reading! smiley - smiley

The subject of the book is settlement in western Pennsylvania between 1763 and 1783, so I thought I'd quit while I was ahead. There were enormous changes in a short time.

Land use and settlement really changes an ecosystem, and it's very visible.

A great example would be the Clarion River:

During the oil boom here in the 1860s, a vast amount of barge traffic took place. There was also massive deforestation, as lumber was shipped down the river system to Pittsburgh. The Clarion River became Pennsylvania's most polluted waterway by the end of the 19th Century.

Reforestation did a lot to help restore the river. There's a national forest nearby, and a lot of protected land. In 1996, a 51-mile stretch was designated a National Wild and Scenic River. This year, the Clarion River got a postage stamp, because it looks like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKUcPiGb5to

1816's weather might be worth an entry sometime. The only thing we have is A781715 - which is about the volcanic eruption. Mostly what it says is that the ensuing weather caused Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein. smiley - rofl


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P. Phred Firecloud

You're right, it would be better to treat the Tamora aftermath as another topic...one source credits the volcano with the rise of the radical idea, in some European countries, that the State has some obligation to care for its citizens. F

Rain, floods, droughts and early frosts as well as average temperature change, made this the Covid-19 event of the 19th century...


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

North America had other events to contend with, as well. In 1811 and 1812, the New Madrid Fault shifted and set off powerful earthquakes. If you read David Crockett's memoir (the real one, not the fake ones), he talks about how the aftermath changed the landscape.

When the first one happened, people in Arkansas thought it was the Apocalypse...as usual. smiley - rofl


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