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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Crops under stress as temperatures fall

Three factors are vital to crops: the light and warmth of the sun, adequate rainfall and the carbon dioxide they need for photosynthesis. As we are constantly reminded, we still have plenty of that nasty, polluting CO2, which the politicians are so keen to get rid of. But there is not much they can do about the sunshine or the rainfall.

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. (Telegraph)


We've commented for quite awhile that the computer models that AGW alarmism is based on do not reflect reality. Warmer temperatures provide longer growing seasons. Throughout history, humanity has prospered during periods of warmth and suffered during cold spells. I hope we are not beginning to see history repeating itself.

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