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Will all this “Green Christmas” weather make Canadians think more about climate change?

Just writing this on a rainy (and 10 Degree Celsius day where I am) Dec 22, on the 2nd day of “so-called winter”, and found some interesting headlines to ponder:

– Moscow is experiencing “unusual” winter weather, which is causing a bit of disquiet in that country. Higher then normal temperatures in Europe are also occurring this autumn and winter and according to European Weather Bureau statistics what we are seeing would only normally occur once every 10 000 years. Is this the anomaly or is this part of Global Warming?

– Most of the major populated areas in Canada are going to see a Green Christmas according to Environment Canada. Some places like Quebec City and Thunder Bay are going to have a Green Christmas “for the first time in history”. Again… is this a once-in-a-lifetime unusual weather pattern, or perhaps the effect of El Nino this year, or something relating to Global Warming?

I’m just musing here that when Canadians see stories like this at this time of year and see the weather going on elsewhere… it’s going to leave a big impression that something is going on out there, and that something better be done about it soon, and that if a certain government doesn’t seem to care about the environment or seems to constantly question the science behind global warming or “so-called greenhouse gases”, they do so at their electoral peril.


9 comments to Will all this “Green Christmas” weather make Canadians think more about climate change?

  • burlivespipe

    Here on the wet coast, we have experienced three consecutive major storms — snow, rain (like it wasn’t expected) and high winds. Stanley Park has been levelled in certain spots on the high exposed point, where they say one in 10 trees survived. Now it can be said that this is nature working through its cycles and will result in new growth. But we can also ask just why these things are occurring. In Ex-Ndipps world — and lets out him right now, he likely binded his left jockey brief to remove any chance of ‘hangin’ left — these things are just a regular fun part of his whacky world. Ancestors hiking with dinosaurs, sharing brontoburgers with Stockwell’s great-great-great-great grandfather. But what will be making a major increase to all the ghg that have stoked these changes is China and their growing middle class, most of whom are now car shopping. We may be facing a tidal wave, but don’t expect people like Ex-Ndipper to wake up.

  • I would be worried about the environment, but having to deal with annoying amounts of Edmonton snowfall, I wouldn’t mind if every aerosol can on the planet were let free.

    As for Moscow, after last winter they aren’t going to complain about the weather at all. Or have you global warming fanatics already forgotten that January was met with a massive cold snap in Russia’s normally mild south-central territories? Or the similar cold snap in Ukraine less than a month later? Or perhaps the record cold snap in Europe a month earlier?

  • And I just read that link to Jewish World Review. I see that it’s spreading the propaganda that “DDT alarmists caused tens of millions of unnecessary deaths, plus billions of cases of unnecessary malarial illness and debility.” This is BS.

    DDT has been in use where effective. But in many places in the world it no longer works due to misquitos having built resistance to it. When used sparingly, DDT works for quite a while, however, many states applied is liberally all over the place, causing resistance to build quickly, as with Sri Lanka in the late 1960s to mid 1970s, when Sri Lanka was spraying DDT in huge quantities while the infection rate kept icnreasing. DDT is effective is certain circumstances, but so are many other chemicals.

    There’s also a new myth making the rounds that bedbugs are back because we banned DDT in North American. This is false. Bedbugs in North America gained immunity to DDT in the 1940s. The class of chemicals we have been using since are now proving less effective due to immunity.

  • EX-NDIP:

    The Antarctica ice sheet is 35 million years old.

    Global warming does not mean less snow or warmer climate. Actually, at higher altitudes you can get more snow as the air warms because it is able to carry more moisture. Some glaciers are actually growing due to the increased precipitation… they are, however, melting faste than before. Soon enough, the melting overtakes the rate of precipitation.

    Re Greenland: The whole world does not turn based upon historical local climate variations in Greenland. The Greenland glaciers back then were very much present.

    The ice we are most worried about are the glaciers, which are on land.

    I suggest you not rely on the mass media for accurate science. In the 1970s there was a theory which stated that tiny particulates in the air were causing global dimming, which would cool the earth. Another perspective at the time stated that increased CO2 in the atmosphere would cause a creenhouse effect which would counteract the dimming and actually increase temperatures. There was a flurry of _scientific_ papers from several angles.

    Guess who was right?

  • knb

    Jeremy, thanks for the reality.

  • Here’s some more interesting news:

    * Bears have stopped hibernating in northern Spain.

    * The osprey found in the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands in the summer months, usually migrate to west Africa to avoid the freeze. This winter, osprey have been spotted in Suffolk and Devon. Swallows, which also normally migrate to Africa for the winter have been also seen across England this winter.

    * The red admiral butterfly, below, which hibernates in winter, has been spotted in gardens this month, as has the common darter dragonfly, usually seen between mid-June and October, which has been seen in Cheshire, Norfolk and Hampshire.

    * The smew, a diving duck, flies west to the UK for winter from Russia and Scandinavia. This year, though, they have been mainly absent from the lakes and reservoirs between The Wash and the Severn.

    * Evergreen ivy and ox-eye daisies are still blooming and some oak trees, which are usually bare by November, were still in leaf on Christmas Day last year.

    * The buff-tailed bumblebee is usually first seen in spring. Worker bees die out by the first frost, while fertilised queen bees survive underground between March and September. This December, bees have been seen in Nottingham and York.

    * Primroses and daffodils are already flowering at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in Carmarthenshire. ‘Early Sensation’ daffodils usually flower from January until February. Horticulturalists put it down to the warm weather.

    * Scientists in the Netherlands reported more than 240 wild plants flowering in the first 15 days of December, along with more than 200 cultivated species. Examples included cow parsley and sweet violets. Just two per cent of these plants normally flower in winter, while 27 per cent end their main flowering period in autumn and 56 per cent before October.

    And Ex-NDIP,

    You’re breed is becoming increasingly rare. It’s so sad to see you go.

  • knb

    Gee, ex-ndip, who are you going to support during the next election? Your guy believes in climate change. Surely you can’t compromise your beliefs and vote for him?


    Out here on the Left Coast . . . . the local mountains have had their best ski season in over 25 years last year, and this year is looking to be a repeat. Using your logic, we must be heading into an Ice Age!
    Actually, in April, 1975 that is precisly what Newsweek, The NY Times and others were telling us. And they didn’t even have “computer models”.
    I do know some facts though . . . 1000 years ago my ancestors were living and farming in Greenland.
    A 16th century Portugese exporer drew a may of Antartica which proved to be amazinly accurate when the continent was mapped by sonar back in the 1970’s.
    3/5s of the ice in the world is on water, if it melts it has as much chance of raising sea levels as your glass of coke with 6 ice cubes running over the edge of the glass.

    Global Warming? New Ice Age? Better to adapt than di

  • knb

    Oh but Scott, the PM has found religion now, yea right.

    He now says that there has been more science to support the argument, that had him change his mind. I wish to heck that the media would do it’s job. When I heard him say that, my first reaction was to ask him, “what new science specifically changed your mind?”, because of course there hasn’t been anything that new or dramatic that would qualify, (that I can think of anyway).

    Quebec City with no snow at Christmas, how sad. I do take your point though and I would think that this weather will have people thinking about the environment.

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