What does ‘catastrophic’ mean?

Rocky Rex

The word catastrophic is hard to quantify, so it is not a scientific word, it is a matter of how effects apply in different situations.

For example, when a small ‘climate event’ happened in 1783, it had effects that some would describe as catastrophic..

Volcanic link to the French Revolution.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/history-of-geology/2013/06/08/8-june-1783-how-the-laki-eruptions-changed-history/

A similar event a few decades later also had profound effects …….

1816, the ‘Year without a Summer’

1816……

http://history1800s.about.com/od/crimesanddisasters/a/The-Year-Without-A-Summer.htm

And the Russian heatwave in 2010 had effects that certainly have led to consequences..

2010, A poor Russian harvest, food prices and the Arab Spring

http://www.iiss.org/en/publications/survival/sections/2011-2760/survival–global-politics-and-strategy-april-may-2011-fbe8/53-2-03-johnstone-and-mazo-9254

These are tiny compared to what will come.

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