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 Post subject: Are the ALPS Melting?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:58 pm 
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VIENNA, Austria - Europe's Alpine region is going through its warmest period in 1,300 years, the head of an extensive climate study said Tuesday.

"We are currently experiencing the warmest period in the Alpine region in 1,300 years," Reinhard Boehm, a climatologist at Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics said.

Boehm based his comments on the results of a project conducted by a group of European institutes between March 2003 and August 2006. Their aim was to reconstruct the climate in the region encompassing the Rhone Valley in France to the west, Budapest, Hungary to the east, Tuscany, Italy to the south and Nuremberg, Germany to the north over the past 1,000 years.


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From your article:

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Boehm said the current warm period in the Alpine region began in the 1980s, noting that a similar warming occurred in the 10th and 12th centuries. However, the temperatures during those phases were "slightly under the temperatures we've experienced over the past 20 years."

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If online gambling were legal, I'd be willing to bet that there were far far far fewer people alive to be affected by the previous warming trend as noted in the article than we have living in Europe now...

Rising temperatures beget droughts... droughts beget crop failures... crop failures beget famine... famine begets misery...

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