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Intellectual Snob Meetup: Global Warming: Boston/ Cambridge Local

  • John Harvard's Brew House

    33 Dunster St., Cambridge, MA (map)

    42.372460 -71.119252

  • I'll be wearing a big black hat.
  • The past 14 months until last month were the warmest in recorded history.  
     
     I  hosted a "fall colors" walking event in mid October but many of the leaves hadn't begun to "turn" yet. (Cold would trigger that). There is an explosion of the rabbit population in the Cambridge/ greater Boston area. A few days ago I saw a flock of seven turkeys grazing a lawn near Central Square, Cambridge.

    Christmases are very rarely "white" anymore near here. 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h0otRDNjG4

    The entire railway systems designed around Jamaica Pond, Spy Pond, and Fresh Pond "Ice Fields"  in the nineteen hundreds were created around the incredibly lucrative market of "Ice Harvesting". Layers of ice many feet thick existed and there were shacks built on the ice and then there was a group of people who literally made these ice sections into territory. This ice was shipped all around the world.  Obviously this was before refrigeration... it was kept fresh using hay and could last intact a year. Years later, there were ice deliveries. 

    http://www.cambridgehistory.org/discover/innovation/Ice.html
    Obviously anyone who walks around these ponds will see there is no safely walkable ice anymore in the wintertime.

    I lived in Geneva NY in the year around 1970 and we used to DRIVE on the ice then... I mean me and my dad. (well, he was a bit nuts). So this global warming is rapid, that was relatively recent.

    I don't remember wearing a winter jacket or even needing boots last winter. Slush maybe... and then there was the global warming storm we all remember from two years ago... and as a result of all the workdays off, the baby boom nine months later...

    The ice harvesters had a railway bed  part of which is now the Minuteman Trail.
    PHOTO below: skating on the Boston Common-- no artificial ice pond--

    Image result for skating public garden boston history images

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  • Robert

    I'm in Lexington and won't have a car. Is anyone able to pick me up and carpool? Thank you!

    2 days ago

  • Betsy S.

    I'll be at a conference, don't think I'll be able to get back to Cambridge. But if I can, will swing by

    November 15

    • duncan

      Thanks Betsy I hope you'll show up.

      4 days ago

  • duncan

    It's Nov 30 and it's 50 degrees. tomorrow it'll be 55; I'm in a t shirt, sandals, and shorts everyone else seems to be in denial, wearing their winter gear & I am trying to find new sandals but cannot nobody stocks them ...I have a very warm winter jacket but have never worn it for years it is just accumulating dust in the closet. Is this scary or what?

    4 days ago

  • duncan

    This has a good turnout. We'll have a reserved area. It is original in it's format and creativity. Unique to Nerd Fun.

    November 26

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  • Robert

    LA to Lexington, seeking new friends. Science, travel, music, food, film, and many other interests!

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