“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.
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.”
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.
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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