Saturday, February 2, 2008

Flying in the face of the evidence

When I look out of the window, I can see the snow falling outside. In my native land, there are more storms predicted after a washed out summer of 2007 when the default setting for the British weather was rain. Moving East across Canada from our little domicile, the temperatures plummet, and winter's minions stalk the Great Plains and Eastern Canada with little respite. Heavy snow has been reported in the Middle East, China, and many other parts of the globe, with the Hong Kong Observatory reporting record cold. In the USA, the Texas Panhandle is feeling an icy bite, and in New York State the Groundhog seer Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter to come. Skiing championships have been postponed in France because of too much overnight snow. Excess rain threatens the Indian Potato crop. Wisconsin is registering record cold while in the Hamptons, paradoxically speaking, the climate is much balmier. One could be forgiven for thinking that overall it’s gotten rather chilly all of a sudden.

Regrettably, asking the rather obvious question of; “Aren’t we supposed to be living in a period of Global Warming?” Is received in certain quarters as a ‘hate crime’. To challenge in public the currently received wisdom that our planet is growing ever hotter due to human activity is to invite ostracism, ridicule, and in some places, even loss of livelihood. This smells worse than the headless two day dead Herring I often find on my seashore walks. The ‘science’ says we’re all going to boil to death, and instead which we end up wrapping up warm. Who wants to suppress all the dissenting arguments?

What is even more depressing is that now there is supposed threat from something called Dihydromonoxide, which under certain circumstances is almost 100% lethal, and a new theory about Man’s vandalism of the planet caused by mining and drilling, which has resulted in Anthropogenic Continental Drift. Oh dear. Well, we’ll all be dead in a hundred years, so I don’t suppose all this arguing over whether humanity has dug it’s own supposedly rather watery grave will address any real problems.

Update: Snow has stopped, sun is shining. I am reminded of a Vacouver Island axiom; "If you don't like the weather right now, go inside for five minutes."