Global Warming is now Climate Change – Bees Buzz

19 November, 2009 at 02:29 3 comments

Did a wee cartoon reflecting the changing of the signs (quite literally) based on some text from a piece by Rod Liddle titled “To Bee Or Not To Be”. While the story (selected quotes are below) is about a cry-wolf story (and its pacification by careful research) circulating in the media of the world coming to an end because the bees are getting extinct, there was a passing reference to ‘global warming’ evangelists changing tack and calling it by the now politically correct, ‘climate change’ when it was realized that not everything was getting warmer. With some ado…

The world is going to end in 2012, apparently – hopefully just before the start of the Olympic Games. Armageddon may come about as a consequence of those monkeys firing up the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which can create black holes that can swallow the earth whole, or reduce it to the size of an extremely dense tennis ball. Or perhaps it will be giant solar flares frazzling the earth, or a sudden reversal of the earth’s magnetic field which will see us cooked like cheap burgers in a microwave oven. How do we know this? Apparently the Mayans predicted it. They’ll look pretty stupid if they were wrong, the Mayans. Nostradamus predicted it too and so, of course, did the Bible. One way or another we are destined to perish very soon. There’s a film out soon called 2012 which will explain it all, if you’re interested. I wonder where this yearning for catastrophe comes from? It seems to exist inside most of us; perhaps it is a Darwinian trait, a by-product of self-consciousness.

More to the point, though, you hear it every time a “climate-change” evangelist opens his or her mouth — and I wonder if ecological disaster is an upmarket version of the 2012 scenario, a catastrophe the chattering class of every country have eagerly bought into, a politically-correct Armageddon which requires us to be endlessly self-flagellating. My own view of climate change — or “global warming” as it used to be called, before the evangelists changed tack when they realised everything wasn’t getting warmer — is absolutely open. I am a little sceptical of man-made climate change because, for me, the raw statistics do not quite add up, but I certainly wouldn’t rule it out. And I also reckon that most of the stuff urged upon us in order to address climate change makes sense for other environmental reasons anyway. But this is not good enough; this makes me a climate-change denier and that’s not on. Because one is no longer allowed even to question climate change: it is a fact to be held sacred and never to be challenged.

So what about bees? You will undoubtedly have read many articles over the last year or so telling you that the bees are dying out and that, as a consequence of this, we will die out too. We are further told that bees are “largely” responsible for the pollination of world food crops. There is a film out at the moment called “The Vanishing of the Bees” – like the stuff done by Al Gore about climate change and books “A World Without Bees” and another one written by a Canadian about a dystopian fantasy about a beeless world. Legend has it that Einstein said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left”, which is not true. This is a lesson; it is how Armageddon works, through Chinese whispers and pseudo-science. First, it is not true that there has been a mysterious worldwide collapse in honey bee populations. Most staple foods — wheat, rice and corn — do not depend on animal pollination at all. They are wind-pollinated, or self-pollinating. If all the bees in the world dropped dead tomorrow afternoon, it would reduce our food production by only between four and six per cent. A paper which publishes these results does not yet seem to have been picked up by the mainstream press, still less the campaigners, the politicians or the distributors of films and authors and publishers of books and others with parasitical tendencies. Nobody likes an Armageddon whipped from beneath their feet. You hold on to it. Tight. Very.

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  • 1. Prophete Fahrrad  |  6 November, 2010 at 15:38

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  • 2. Lana Garst  |  28 December, 2010 at 00:52

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  • 3. Caute Rucci  |  29 December, 2010 at 17:09

    I do not generally reply to posts but I will on this situation.
    my God, i believed you had been going to chip in with some decisive insight at the end there, not leave it
    with ‘we depart it to you to decide’.

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