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Droughts, Famines and Floods In The 1870s

March 26, 2017

By Paul Homewood


Those who know much better than us would like to return the world’s climate to pre-industrial conditions.

They seem to think the climate was perfect then. Perhaps they should study a bit of history, such as this snippet from HH Lamb’s Climate, History and the Modern World:


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And it was not just Europe:



HH Lamb – Climate, History and the Modern World – p254-6

  1. March 26, 2017 7:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  2. Broadlands permalink
    March 26, 2017 8:05 pm

    The history of weather and climate is replete with similar “stories”. But such “evidence” doesn’t count as part of the agenda by those in charge of “settled science”. Only what has happened since we started adding CO2 in “serious” amounts is relevant? Of course, the last 20 years don’t count either? Climatological myopia by political climatologists?

  3. 1saveenergy permalink
    March 26, 2017 10:20 pm

    Yes lets dump ‘carbon’ return to the perfect climate & go back to the good old days, & we can all enjoy –

    Cholera, ‘Consumption’ (tuberculosis), Diphtheria, Malnutrition, Rickets, Scurvy, Smallpox, Syphilis, Typhus, Typhoid; to name but a few.

    Victorian nurseries were plagued by childhood diseases – measles, mumps, diphtheria, scarlet fever, rubella. Children were lucky to survive their fifth birthdays.

    Middle class men might live, on average, to 45. The average lives of workmen and labourers spanned just half that time. (The current life expectancy is around 80, and rising.) – See more at:

    Diseases of Victorian Britain

    All the above diseases & more were conquered by the direct & indirect use of ENERGY.

  4. March 26, 2017 11:07 pm

    This whole thing about climate change and extreme weather is a combination of short memory causes extreme weather and bad statistics.

  5. March 27, 2017 12:47 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Fascinating read Paul. Thank you

  6. March 27, 2017 8:01 am

    ‘Those who know much better than us would like to return the world’s climate to pre-industrial conditions.’

    A pity those know-it-alls can’t get their own climate models to work properly even with assorted adhoc fudges.

  7. Old Englander permalink
    March 27, 2017 8:44 am

    “The peak emigration of people from the countries of northern, western and central Europe was in the 1880’s”

    So are these the “climate refugees” the warmist politicians have been telling us about ?

  8. March 27, 2017 11:09 am

    Advances brought about by abundant, affordable energy have been the reason why the list of diseases and conditions mentioned by 1saveenergy above, no longer are major factors in civilized society.

    I have a scar from my smallpox vaccination. I also had chickenpox and 2 types of measles in grade school. Many a discussion was held as to whether or not I could go swimming in a public pool due to the fear of polio. I was still in grade school when the polio vaccine came out–3 shot series.

    Stable societies, not governed by the constant shortage of food or heat or cooling, prosper. That allows for the research and advancement of drugs, vaccines, methods and technologies to overcome disease and climate restrictions. We call it civilization.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      March 27, 2017 12:20 pm

      We don’t want none of your healthy civilization! it’s powered by fossil fuels.
      We want to live in a utopian world powered only by ‘renewables’…ok it means most of us will have to live in mud hovels & watch our children die of Malnutrition & we wont need contraception – plagues will take care of populations.

      It’ll be just like the good old days….
      F*&^ing Awful, but that a small price to pay to prove Al Gore was right.

      • 1saveenergy permalink
        March 27, 2017 12:22 pm

        Do I really really need a sarc sign

  9. March 27, 2017 11:16 am

    Paul states: “Those who know much better than us would like to return the world’s climate to pre-industrial conditions. They seem to think the climate was perfect then.”

    But, of course it was “perfect” then. Hasn’t Michael Mann removed the flies in the ointment of the “Medieval Warming” and “Little Ice Age” from history? The above report from the 1870’s has to be bogus. It did not exist in the world of Mann, IPCC, and the rest. Pass the Kool-aide please.

  10. tom0mason permalink
    March 27, 2017 11:34 am

    Good grief!
    From Mr. H. H. Lamb’s missive anyone would think that climatic cycles take much longer that the average persons life expectancy.
    That may have been then but it is not so now. As the true believers of the BBC continue to inform me 100 year, 400 year, or 1000 year events happen almost yearly now.


    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 27, 2017 12:48 pm

      And we can fully understand the Arctic ice cycle from just a few decades of satellite data.

  11. NeilC permalink
    March 27, 2017 1:56 pm

    I guess all the politicians with PPEs wouldn’t have studied Lamb’s historical notes. But they can listen to the likes of Greenpiss, FoE, WWF, and the met office telling them how bad things are today…. how stupid are they.

  12. tom0mason permalink
    March 27, 2017 2:14 pm

    Maybe if all MPs were given access to all of H.H.Lamb’s publications and the time to read, or even to listen to them as audio books, then they may gain an inkling of some of nature’s might when it comes to changing this planet’s climate.

    On the other-hand it would probably be a waste of time and money ( none so illiterate as those whose who do not read, none so deaf as those that do not listen, etc. …).

  13. March 27, 2017 3:31 pm

    Paul There’s a bizarre tweet from Dick Black about your BBC super-complaint now just as it comes up to 1 year since initiated.
    Underneath his own elderly white man profile pic his tweet says
    “Lordy – some elderly white men have far too much time on their hands… ” then links to your post.

  14. March 27, 2017 4:07 pm

    The BBC have been at it again today (27 March), on World at One. They dedicated a segment of the programme (beginning at 25min.) to decrying Trump’s attack on the EPA , featuring flooding in Florida, supposedly caused by climate change.

    Typical unmitigated nonsense from the BBC. I have taken the liberty of writing to their producers to suggest that they actually take a few minutes to check the facts from the (not exactly sceptical) NOAA before broadcasting such tosh. I will not hold my breath!

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