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Published on July 14, 2010

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“Perhaps now we can put the manufactured controversy known as Climategate behind us and turn to the task of actually doing something about global warming,” writes the New York Times on July 9, 2010. That’s the sound of some elite power group singing in a choir and each and every time they tout the horn of global warming they fall further into discredit and disgrace. It’s been extremely hot in New York so perhaps it’s just the heat getting to the heads of the editorial department.

The biggest news in climate and agriculture today are the huge floods in Canada, droughts in the Far East, and increasing evidence of cooler days to come. No one really wants to see what’s happening and few are reporting the threats to world food stocks in a coherent way. The UK has had its coldest winter in over thirty years but that information does not put a dent in the global warming crowd. In England people are glad to leave this past winter behind, which saw temperatures drop as low as -22 in places.

The U.S. just experienced its coldest winter in 25 years, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The winter period December – February was the 18th coldest winter in the contiguous U.S. over the past 115 years, and the coldest since 1984 – 1985. The February 2010 temperature for the contiguous United States was 32.4 degrees F, which is 2.2 degrees below the long-term average. But no one is going to argue that it’s not hot in these days in Manhattan but are New York editors so egocentric that just because it’s hot in July they can say we should be doing something about global warming? Last I checked all information and data have indicated strong cooling of oceans, poles and climate is in effect.

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Expert senior meteorologist Joe Bastardi is seeing a drastic drop in temperatures in the coming year as something akin to the kind of cooling we saw with the volcano Pinatubo. He says that even the computer models are looking extreme in the cooling direction with both poles being cold and 75 percent of the Earth with below-normal temperatures. The almighty climate models that have shown global warming in the past are now flashing alarms of a temperature crash, and certain factors like volcanic activity, continued reduction of solar activity, and the ending of the La Nina effect could bring cooling on even more quickly. As the Earth’s current El Nino dissipates, the planet will return to the long term temperature decline brought on by the Sun’s historic reduction in output, the on-going “solar hibernation.”

Los Angeles International Airport set a record low on the 9th of July with only 67 degrees, breaking the previous record set in 1926, according to the National Weather Service. In fact, so far the entire month of July has been cooler than normal. “Instead of daytime highs approaching the mid-80s, downtown L.A. has experienced temperatures in the mid to high 70s,” says this article in the LA Times. “From June 1 to July 5, daytime and nighttime temperatures have averaged a relatively cool 69.8 degrees.”

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Russia’s chief meteorological official says this past winter was one for the record books as the coldest ever for Siberia. “The winter of 2009-10 was one of the most severe in the European part of Russia for more than 30 years, and in Siberia it was perhaps the record-breaking coldest ever,” said Alexander Frolov, head of state meteorological service Rosgidromet. He told reporters that while statistics for the coldest eastern part of Siberia have not yet been thoroughly analyzed, western areas received the second-harshest winter in 110 years. In Far East Russia’s frigid outpost of Oimyakon, the temperature on January 20 plunged to minus 74 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere this past winter.

Agricultural Concerns

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Saskatchewan’s disaster zone on July 8, 2010 to see what help could be offered to the beleaguered communities and farmers. A full 70 communities have been declared disaster zones and Yorkton was the hardest hit with 1,000 flooded homes. Farmers’ fields are flooded, and grain normally waist high by now is stunted and struggling. Farmers estimate only 40% of normal will be harvested this year and that’s with ideal conditions through the rest of summer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just cut the acreage for corn planting this year by one million. Thailand and Vietnam, the world’s two largest rice exporters, face severe drought conditions that threaten to severely undermine this year’s crops and global supplies. Severe food shortage follows lack of rainfall in Syria. On July 1st, Governor Chris Gregoire asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to designate 29 counties in Washington as farm disaster areas due to weather-related losses. Potato and alfalfa crops were severely damaged after a freezing wind swept through east Idaho in the middle of June.

Today we have the simultaneous events of income deflation and food inflation; two high-speed express trains coming down the tracks at each other, a financial crisis colliding with staggering crop losses, which are cutting deeply into available planetary food reserves. In England a “perfect storm” of food shortages and water scarcity now threatens to unleash public unrest and conflict, the government’s chief scientist, Professor John Beddington, has warned. “People do not quite realize the scale of the issue,” said Professor Mike Bevan. “This is one of the most serious problems that science has ever faced.”

Surging population and food demand, food inflation, diminishing world food stocks, drought, flooding, cold, diminished credit, infestations, soil erosion, industrial farming, factory farm pollution, aquifers/wells going dry, and relocation of produce for energy production are all slamming into a global financial and economic crisis setting the stage for food shortages and price increases that will leave a lot of people starving to death.  Today we have the simultaneous events of income deflation and food inflation; a financial crisis colliding with staggering crop losses now colliding with a huge environmental catastrophe in the Gulf region.

Special Note: I am worried so am planting a garden and building a survival center in the heartland of Brazil and have asked a few others to join with me in this effort. I have published Survival Medicine for the 21St Century, which is a 2,200 page compendium. Everyone should be directing consciousness to their medicine cabinets and stocking up on the essentials like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), magnesium oil, different forms of iodine, activated charcoal, selenium (for a mercury polluted world) and clay for hard detoxification and body cleansing. Also very important are personal food stocks for survival and food security in uncertain times and for this I suggest superfoods like spirulina (for my children), chlorella or Rejuvenate, which is what I personally use.

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  • The cooling of the waters and colder winters are PART of global warming, not an argument against it. Read any comprehensive scientific work on global warming and you will understand that. The rapid thawing of ice at the poles BECAUSE of the warming, is what is leading to the cooler waters. The end result is greater extremes in both directions (heat and cold), with a possible coming Ice Age as a nice little seal on the whole deal. Don’t let your knowledge of medicine lead your ego to believe that you know best about every scientific field just because you know so much about your own. Logic is a tricky thing, and most humans are not well-equipped. It is far too easy to be fooled into believing something is true, when you are not actually well versed or experienced in the topic itself.

  • John

    In these most difficlut days ahead, when we all are becoming aware of the enormous challenges to our environmnet, our food and water supplies and to our health and wellbeing, we will all become (and need to become) experts by experience. Instionalised ‘experts’ appear to wish to continue to own and explain our experiences in a compartmentalised way – this no longer required. It is important now to raise general awareness (as you have in your articles) so that individuals and groups can come to natural choices and solutions for themselves, their families and their communities.

    Best wishes

  • Sara

    This is a response to the commenter who says: “Please leave the climate science to the climate scientists. Our opinions or beliefs on matters of science are irrelevant.”

    Logically, this would appear to be a sound statement. However, anyone who has the courage to open their eyes can SEE that they have been lied to by many who hold positions of authority, including scientists who are on payroll of big business.

    Find a scientist who has NO AGENDA, and then perhaps you will hear the truth. In the meantime, you have EYES to see. You have EARS to hear. And you have a Brain and Heart that KNOWS when what they are telling you is nothing but lies.

    Only when we are willing to wake up and take responsibility for our own planet, instead of listening to “experts” with personal agendas, will we be able to save our Earth, ourselves, and future generations.

  • This post shows the variety and mixture of cultures in us, that’s why I respect other people.

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  • Really great blog post. I really could not have described that much better. I am not sure if all people will are in agreement with you, but it probably does not matter. Continue the good work.

  • Toxicosis

    Please leave the climate science to the climate scientists. Our opinions or beliefs on matters of science are irrelevant. The general public by far is exceptionally ignorant, and their beliefs can be swayed as easily as that of an emotionally immature child. However, evidence of human alteration of both our internal biologic as well as our external physical environment is well documented and understood. We have literally corrupted and poisoned our rivers, lakes, freshwater sources, air and feed stocks. And in addition much of our soil ecology has been tainted with herbicides, pesticides, birth control pills, and tens of thousands of organic and inorganic products and by-products. To dismiss that we have not or cannot affect the biosphere in similar ways or fashion speaks of denial, ignorance, and an outright dismissal of our responsibility to healthful sustainability of a finite resource based planet. Your understanding of health and disease as well as deficiency and medical science is extensive, comprehensive, and possesses profound (w)holistic perspective. But please leave the discussion of true climate science to the scientists who have actually done the work, and are not paid by big oil or big corporations. Just as you would find yourself suspicious of those scientists or doctors supported by big pharma, which would be far more justifiable concerning the education, background and specialization in science you have. That being medical science, not climate.

    • Helen

      Well said, Toxicosis.

      To argue about whether it’s hotter or colder or whatever the future may hold distracts from actually taking responsibility for the damage done.
      If you must debate climate issues; talk about what action we are going to take!
      Reduce pollution, create sustainable living, make long term plans, lobby industry and government. Do something, talk is useless on a sinking ship.

  • Jim Dav

    I never know what to believe as far as global warming goes, although since many governments are agreeing that global temperatures are rising I tend to believe the opposite since it is well documented fact that the governments of the world seldom tell the truth. Besides that the facts simple do not back up the idea of global warming, just because the arctic is warming doesn’t mean Central and South America is. I do believe most of us had best stock up on food and water, although I wonder how safe it will be to have those things. It could very well be that having food and water will get a family killed if anarchy becomes the norm across the nations. The governments will protect themselves, banks and large corporations, as they have always done. We the people will be left to fend for ourselves, in food, water, and maybe more importantly, safety. I am not so sure most of us could survive the certain social upheaval that will prevail when people are faced with starving, and their children starving. People may be complacent right now; faced with starvation complacency and social norms will cease to exist. Therefore, if you are going to stock up on food, water, and other supplies you better be ready to fight to keep it.

  • concernedinNC

    If ocean temps are cooling why are we being told the opposite. Are water temps warmer, perhaps in areas like the Gulf of Mexico because of severe pollution? Warmer waters are, as we are told, the reason the hurricanes are predicted to be more fierce. I assumed the colder winters,’08,’09 were because it’s all part of the extremes in general. Why are scientists not in sinc on this issue. How is anyone to know what community of scientists to follow? Are ocean temps cooler anywhere in the Atlantic or Gulfstream?

  • Anne

    “huge floods in Canada, droughts in the Far East, and increasing evidence of cooler days to come… coldest winters yet” all evidence of nature’s positive feedback mechanism in response to climate change, and yes, global warming. Satellite images of the world’s shrinking glaciers and arctic also reflect the rising global temperatures. Research “thermohaline circulation” or the “great ocean conveyor” for a glimpse into how global warming could be causing increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, extreme temperature fluxes and monster storms… and just maybe another “Little Ice Age” in our future.

  • Bob

    I never believed the global warming scam and am aware of the colder temps this year. Even in Palm Springs it was cooler than usual, longer than usual. But friends just returned from England a couple weeks ago to report it had been in the nineties there–and no air conditioning. Warming or cooling—something is definitely changing though. It all begins in and with the sun, which is changing.