Global Warming and Mark Twain’s Simple Insight

“It is your human environment that makes your climate”
-Mark Twain, Following the Equator

It is true that climate change is a natural phenomenon. Therefore, for us to completely divorce ourselves from the very nature of which we derive is the height of arrogance and of folly – never a good combination.

There are consequences, good or bad, to every action taken.

Human society has an impact on, and is a part of, any climate change that is now occurring. Be it inconsequential, monumental, or apocalyptic, it can be a common sense starting point for further discussion.

Or not.

I’m just sayin’…


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Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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  1. Actually Mark Twain refutes global warming. In his “Life on the Mississippi”, he describes Natchez, Mississippi as the northernmost location where you can grow oranges outside without protection and that from that point on south orange trees were commonly seen growing. Today that honor is held by New Orleans, since orange cultivation is mainly seen south of that city. So the climate must have been warmer in the mid to late 1800’s when he researched and wrote that book than it is today.


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