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.


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

1816, the ‘Year without a Summer’



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


These are tiny compared to what will come.


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