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Reader’s comment: Ever-changing challenges


In response to Kathy Gyngell: Hot air alarmists and drug danger deniers, Jack de Metz wrote:

Can I recommend to Roger Harrabin and the rest of the hot air team at the BBC and the Met Office The Long Summer written by Brian Fagan. The Long Summer brings us the first detailed record of ‘climate change’ during these 15,000 years of warming, and shows how this ‘climate change’ gave rise to civilisation. A thousand-year chill led people in the Near East to take up the cultivation of plant foods; a catastrophic flood drove settlers to inhabit Europe; the drying of the Sahara forced its inhabitants to live along the banks of the Nile; and increased rainfall in East Africa provoked the bubonic plague. The Long Summer illuminates for the first time the centuries-long pattern of human adaptation to the demands and challenges of an ever-changing climate – challenges that are still with us today.

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