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Volcano vs. European Summer

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Hawkeye, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Hawkeye

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    Volcano vs. European Summer

    The Volcano in Iceland has already shut down flights all over Europe. If that angry mountain keeps pumping ash, we might see a rare thing called, No Summer For You!

    If it's bad enough it could do another Little Ice Age. The last time was in the early 1800's...I think; someone can check me on that. Seems like I remember something about Thomas Jefferson recording the climate info when it happened. Crops failed all over the planet and then the usual happened...famine, pestilence, death.

    Can you imagine the tragedy of some global cooling? Al Gore will cry.;)
     
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    Re: Volcano vs. European Summer

    Actually Europe went through a few "mini ice ages" during last 2000 years

    Prominently beginning with a so called "Climate Event" Around 536 AD where temperatures dropped harshly and he general collapse of Classical Civilization began. It continued to be cold until about 1000 AD where a warming period was experienced.

    This warm period continued with temperatures averaging about a degree higher than present day Europe. It's during this period that we see Medieval civilization climbing to it's height. This was when empires started expanding and cathedrals started to be built. It was in this period that the European nations essentially cemented themselves.

    This warming period lasted until about the 13th century where upon Europe's "Little Ice Age" began. This is the period where we get nice little events like... The Great Famine and the Black Plague.

    Of course the difference between the "Little Ice Age" and the Cooling Period in 536 is the amount of time it lasts. While the Cooling period only had about 500 years in it the "Little Ice Age" stretched out until the late 1800's with a few small breaks of heat.

    In general times of warmth tend to be more prosperous than times of cold. More crops can be grown, work tends to be more productive and populations tend to increase. Now of course European Civilization still managed to grow during the "Little Ice Age" but that is primarily because relative political stability had been achieved earlier on and was able to survive the famines and diseases that came with the Ice Age, where as severe cold added in the collapse of Classical Civilization due to it being in a state of instability.

    Also note that since the end of the "Little Ice Age" science, technology, and culture has exploded across the globe. In other words. Global Warming is a good thing.
     
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    Re: Volcano vs. European Summer

    Its been fucking hot here today, been out in 23c weather in the park smoking Mary Jane.

    And eating icecream.
     
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    23c is pleasantly warm.

    How much ash is there really over there, anyhow? The media always gets photos of places drenched in the stuff and everyone these days has a whinge about it, but it usually isn't really all that bad for the majority of folk.
     
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    There is like no ash, the planes are not flying because they think little particles of ash will get clogged in the engines.
     
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    Re: Volcano vs. European Summer

    UK airspace was pretty much completely closed along with the civy airports when I was trying to get back to Scotland on Saturday. - Believe they still are. Rail companies were putting on extra carriages so I managed to get a train from London.

    They'll have to open it up soon though, it's costing people a lot of money.
     
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    Re: Volcano vs. European Summer

    Everything will depend on how long the eruption will last. I heard something about some concern that the current volcano might set off another one that is traditionally, more powerful.

    If you get stuck with an ocean between you and home, no flying means you better hope you don't get seasick.

    Cruise ships will score if this keeps up.
     
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    You can get the Euro star too, that big tunnel we have under us connecting France to Britain.
     
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    I spoke to a brit the other day, and he was sorely disappointed that there was no sun blocking ash. To quote, he said he was desperately hoping that when he woke up the whole place would look like Mordor.
     
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    That would be pretty awesome.
     
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    The North is already like Mordor
     
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    My lecturers are all trapped on the continent :lol:
     
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    Bonus!

    Wait...shouldn't your lecturers have the ability to talk their way out of the situation?

    Maybe they aren't very good.;)
     
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    Coming from a fellow Aussie I find that a laugh. 23c is cold as fuck! Give me my 40c summers anyday over what I have here for summer :/I like it hot and dry with no wind....Here in the US its rains rains and rains, WHAT EVER HAPPEN TO NO RAIN FOR 5 YEARS?!
     
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    You all talk hard about being masters of living in a oven, you guys wouldn't last 2 fucking minuets in British winters, let alone one in Berlin.
     
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    The news just stated that there is a huge ass cloud headed for London.

    Correction. That is a huge ash cloud.

    Apparently the Iceland volcano has gotten worse.

    I'm listening to CBC and they are saying that the idea of allowing some flights is now, No way, eh.
     
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    My brothers got back from Liverpool today, they where cleaning their cars of ash, Gareth got back from Ireland via ferry, he's on leave.

    Though a few airports are open now, the army are still flying too.
     
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    The only reason planes are not flying is because if one of them crashed, the public would be in uproar about why they where flying in the first place, yet they still complain they are not - so you can't really win.
     
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    I don't get why they're not just running turboprops at lower altitudes. Supply would be limited but you could charge a lot, relatively speaking....
     
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    The economic impact of all this is having a domino effect in many other sectors of business.

    I would not want to be the guy that makes the call on whether to allow the flights to resume. The pressure of huge monetary losses versus the liability of a worst case scenario must be hell.
     
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    Some people are complaining that the stocks of pineapples are running low, lol.
     
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    Now we have Norse shit all over the planet. Iceland is totally liable. They were duty bound to feed a virgin to the mountain god and just because they could not find one does not alleviate their responsibility.

    Any country that needs a good and vicious attorney may utilize mine, her name is Sue Perjew.



    If London fog mixes with volcanic ash, it will not be pretty. Poor little island.

    But seriously folks...I think the planet has had enough of our shit and she is about to go menstrual on us.

    Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best.
     
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