From The Compass
Global warming -- international tragedy or political hype?
by Bill Westcott
Recently I read this piece taken from the North Star and St. John's Newfoundland News. It is dated July 19th, 1879. Is nature just repeating itself in a never-ending and perhaps not truly understood renewal process? Here is what the concerned writer revealed 110 years ago.
"The outlook abroad is more than usually gloomy. Storms, floods and hurricanes seem to be completing the devastation which unseasonable weather began. In the United States and Canada the heat is unusually severe, and numerous deaths are already reported by sunstroke, this early in the season.
"In Europe, this year (1879) so far has been unusually disastrous, and there has been large losses of life and property by flood and fire. We have had the most distressing accounts of the floods in Hungary and elsewhere, the eruption of Mount Etna, the ravages of life by plague subsequent to the Turco-Russian war, the famine pestilence in India; and now comes the prospect of cholera in Russia."