The Depths of Despair: Long Winters and their Effect on History

General Winter by Louis Bombled (1862–1927), via Wikimedia Commons In this era where there is a lot of talk about the climate and its effect on our lives, and as a signal of what we have done to the planet we inhabit, it is also worthwhile to discuss its effect on history. There are several notable situations that had repeated impact on historical events, most notably in Russia.  It was in a Russian winter that Napoleon's forces were halted and nearly ...

Killer Salt

  It has been a bad winter here is the UK (and most of Europe). Bizzarly, we may see a reduction in the number of frogs during the spring and summer of 2011 as a consequence of this bad weather. However, this will not be caused by the extreme cold, it is more of a man made problem to do with the cold weather. Salt (good old Sodium Chloride, NaCl) is put onto roads to de-ice them - to stop them freezing. Whilst it is only ...