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Unintended consequences of Climate Change…more execution of ‘witches’? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
April 16, 2008, 4:25 pm
Filed under: Environment, If you only have 15 mins

This opinion piece from the New York Times speculates about some of the possible unintended negative consequences of climate change, taking the example of how people are often used as scapegoats in many cultures when weather patterns are unfavorable. The author pulls several historical examples of patterns relating to increased executions of elderly women as witches in Europe  as well as current examples in Africa, that appeared to correlate to the weather. Although not scientific I found this article thought-provoking. So much of the thinking around climate change relates to immediate weather-related impacts. We haven’t even begun to think about all the broader ramifications around it. Maybe we should….

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