Global food crisis

I commend Christopher Booker for suggesting there may be a global food crisis coming because of insufficient sunspots. My friend Michael said that his Mulberry bush was several weeks late in bearing ripe berries. Also, I won’t need to replace the air conditioner that we removed last summer. It is June 16, and there is no hot weather yet here in Ontario. Here is the money quote from Booker’s article:

It is now more than 200 years since the great astronomer William Herschel observed a correlation between wheat prices and sunspots. When the latter were few in number, he noted, the climate turned colder and drier, crop yields fell and wheat prices rose. In the past two years, sunspot activity has dropped to its lowest point for a century. One of our biggest worries is that our politicians are so fixated on the idea that CO2 is causing global warming that most of them haven’t noticed that the problem may be that the world is not warming but cooling, with all the implications that has for whether we get enough to eat.

It is appropriate that another contributory factor to the world’s food shortage should be the millions of acres of farmland now being switched from food crops to biofuels, to stop the world warming, Last year even the experts of the European Commission admitted that, to meet the EU’s biofuel targets, we will eventually need almost all the food-growing land in Europe. But that didn’t persuade them to change their policy. They would rather we starved than did that. And the EU, we must always remember, is now our government – the one most of us didn’t vote for last week.

I would go further. The insistence on the use of biofuels is utter folly and presumption. God is the one who provides the abundant harvest; rather than give back to him the tithe owing to him, we have instead burnt it frivolously in our vehicles even though He has provided us abundant sources of high-efficiency energy: nuclear, coal, shale, tar sands, petroleum, and natural gas. We should have stored the food for leaner times instead of using them in our cars. I can easily foresee serious problems because of the lack of wisdom that our political leadership has shown. Famine, pestilence, and war may result from starving populations. Where is Joseph when you need him?

The Coming Ice Age, by Prof. David Deming

The following article is from the American Thinker.
David Deming is a geophysicist and associate professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

Those who ignore the geologic perspective do so at great risk. In fall of 1985, geologists warned that a Columbian volcano, Nevado del Ruiz, was getting ready to erupt. But the volcano had been dormant for 150 years. So government officials and inhabitants of nearby towns did not take the warnings seriously. On the evening of November 13, Nevado del Ruiz erupted, triggering catastrophic mudslides. In the town of Armero, 23,000 people were buried alive in a matter of seconds.

For ninety percent of the last million years, the normal state of the Earth’s climate has been an ice age. Ice ages last about 100,000 years, and are punctuated by short periods of warm climate, or interglacials. The last ice age started about 114,000 years ago. It began instantaneously. For a hundred-thousand years, temperatures fell and sheets of ice a mile thick grew to envelop much of North America, Europe and Asia. The ice age ended nearly as abruptly as it began. Between about 12,000 and 10,000 years ago, the temperature in Greenland rose more than 50 °F.

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Richard Lindzen is the Rembrandt of Climatology

Feedback on the Great Global Warming Swindle:

My anonymous, climate specialist friend that I mentioned in my post “Anthropogenic Global Warming: Is there a consensus?“, has sent some feedback regarding the channel 4 documentary after I sent him the post from Palabre with the nine parts of video on Youtube.  He wrote back to me yesterday (February 10):

I just watched all the episodes of the Great Global Warming Swindle. I wish it was publicized as much as Al Gore’s propaganda movie. All those scientists who stepped up to speak the real “inconvenient” truth are all legitimate and well respected; their statements are factual, not rhetoric. Richard Lindzen has often been blamed for Bush’s refusal to follow the Kyoto protocol or the rest of this Global warming movement (other than the accused Big Business interests). Lindzen was to have had Bush’s ear on it. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him, as far back as my grad school days.

Today he wrote again, “Calling Lindzen a climatologist is like calling Rembrandt a painter.”

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The Great Global Warming Swindle, in 9 parts

NOTE:  These videos were removed from Youtube because of copyright infringements.  Sorry.

This is UK channel 4 documentary, Martin Durkin’s The Great Global Warming Swindle,  that I mentioned in this post.  Please note that mention of the problems of malaria are in part  7.  Part 8 is particularly relevant to Africa and our discussion group.  This should anger us!

Part 1:  Introduction

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