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Global warming? Go tell it to the bees!

Posted on timeNovember 28th, 2007 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments


I know it is fallacious to cherry-pick convenient and perhaps isolated events as “evidence” for anything. But heck, warm-mongers do it all the time, and why should they have all the fun?

It seems honey prices in the UK are set to soar by as much as 25% in the coming year.

And the reason? A dry spell followed by a cold summer in Argentina. Yes, that’s right, Argentina does not seem to be on the same planet as hothouse Earth.

Not only that, the UK Met Office states (a little vaguely admittedly) that bees in Australia and Eastern Europe “experienced many of the same problems“.

But wait, it gets yet more global – Iranian bees have also been chilling out:

“The average harvest of Honey is 7 to 10 Kilos which shows a downward trend in comparison with that of past years because of long lasting coldness of last year and increased rainfall” – Faraj Allah Molavi, the Executive of the Union of honey bee growers of the province East Azerbaijan here

Perhaps we should not be too surprised. The best efforts to measure global temperature seem to show no warming since 1998. One wonders at what point a blip morphs into a “critical anomaly” for warm-mongers?

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Bad spring for budding Wordsworths

Posted on timeMarch 23rd, 2006 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments


Pity the good people at the Kew Daffodils The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London)! They started their Spring festival on March 11th but as yet, nearly two weeks later, most of the daffodils and crocuses are still in bud because of our cold, dry winter. Here in Cornwall “Daffodil Week” at Cotehele House has been postponed a month. At Thriplow, Cambridgeshire it seems they’re persevering with their festival despite only having a handful of daffodils in flower. It’s not been this bad since nigh on thirty years apparently. In South East England it has been so dry the water companies are threatening hose pipe bans. Even the economy is feeling the chill and UK retail sales in March have been poor. The British Retail Consortium say March’s unseasonably cold weather has discouraged the punters from buying spring and summer outfits.

Winters should be warmer and wetter right?

Of course this is all a bit tongue in cheek. As has been said here before “you can cut ‘n paste local weather extremes to support any conjecture you like”.

In fact running right now on one of our main TV channels (ITV) is a classic exercise in just such cut ‘n paste alarmism.

From now until May, ITV News is conducting a unique investigation as 2006 will be a crunch year in the world’s battle against global warming. Should temperatures rise by just 3C more, we could reach the point of no return when the ice caps melt, sea levels rise dramatically and the lives of billions of people are threatened. Many say society as we know it would be changed for ever. Our science editor Lawrence McGinty is travelling around the world to see for himself the environmental hotspots where climate change is most obvious.

Perhaps Lawrence should stay at home and check out the evidence in his own backyard?!

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Brrrr!

Posted on timeJanuary 30th, 2006 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments


-1.4C this morning. Fishpond frozen over once again. Still my thermometer got to -6.4C before Christmas so I guess this is quite balmy. Except I live in Cornwall – the UK far South West!

We’ve been here four years and we’ve never known it so cold. In fact Cornwall is famed for its mild, frost-free winters.

But to claim all this as some kind of evidence against the hypothesis of global warming would be wrong surely. It’s just anecdotal stuff and you can cut ‘n paste local weather extremes to support any conjecture you like. Not that that it is a principle the “warmers” seem to respect of course…

What I have noticed though is a strange silence on the subject. Normally warmers are quick to pick on any kind of weather event as evidence for their theory. Floods? That’s global warming. Drought? Yep, Global warming again! It’s a bit like tossing a penny: “heads I win; tails you lose”. But unless I’ve missed it, no one has yet put their head above the parapet to claim the big Siberian freeze affecting Europe this year is “freezing caused by warming“!

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