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The Year Without Summer and Climate Change Today

When a massive volcano exploded in 1816, it plunged temperatures around the world. Mark Hertsgaard on the eerie parallels between this catastrophe and climate change in our own time.
March 2, 2013 |
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The terms “global warming” and “climate change” never once appear in this book, but in relating the history of a literally earth-shaking event that occurred 200 years ago, the authors of The Year Without Summer have described a past that resembles our present in ways so uncanny, so numerous and fundamental, that the reader can only hope that Marx’s dictum—history happens twice, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce—will turn out to be wrong this time around.

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