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Unprecedented prosperity, but with higher seas?

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 February 2017

I don’t know what it’s like in the rest of the country, but we’re having an unseasonable winter in the DC area. It’s been quite warm.

Of course weather is not the same thing as climate, despite what the news says and despite what everybody says at the office cooler. Still, it makes you wonder. …

If we really are coming out of the ice age and headed for warmer temps (whether from human activity or not), at least two things will happen. Sea levels will rise, and we’ll enter a time of unprecedented agricultural production. Land that wasn’t productive will become productive.

Generally speaking, humans have thrived during warm periods in the past, and I suspect that would be the case again.

There would be other issues, of course. Flooding would destroy buildings, displace lots of people, etc. Still, I’m generally optimistic about a warmer climate. (If we’re going to get one.)

2017-02-08  »  Greg Krehbiel

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  1. Ken Crawford
    8 February 2017 @ 12:26 pm

    Quite the opposite out here in California. It’s been a cold winter (not that this proves anything about the climate).

  2. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    8 February 2017 @ 6:58 pm

    When considering such challenges, I think it is wise to remember the words of Abraham Lincoln:

    “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”

  3. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    8 February 2017 @ 7:34 pm

    Funny quote. This site says it is misattributed to Lincoln, but other sites seem to confirm it.