Challenging Climate

15. Dagomar Degroot on Historical Climatology and the Frigid Golden Age

July 26, 2022 Jesse Reynolds and Pete Irvine Episode 15
Challenging Climate
15. Dagomar Degroot on Historical Climatology and the Frigid Golden Age
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Dagomar Degroot is an associate professor of environmental history at Georgetown University. In this episode, we spoke with Dagomar about historical climatology and how the past can inform us about contemporary climate change. We cover his book, The Frigid Golden Age, and why societies like the Dutch and Thule thrived while the Norse suffered when the climate changed. Dagomar also addresses existing biases in the field of historical climatology. 

Links: 

  • Dagomar Degroot’s profile  
  • Historical climatology website 
  • Dagomar’s book, The Frigid Golden Age  
  • The Nature article outlining the baises in History of Climate and Society 
  • Another article by Dagomar on The Washington Post, “Our planet is not doomed. That means we can, and must, act.”  
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Introduction and background
What is historical climatology?
Can climate change cause human conflict?
The evolution of historical climatology, criticisms and biases
The Frigid Golden Age: War, culture and innovation
What lessons about climate change can we draw from this?
Our planet is not doomed... is it?