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Parched earth policy

I'm back - after a fashion. I may get back to blogging more regularly in coming days if I can find something to say. Today though, I have a new paper out for GWPF. This is a companion piece to my earlier briefing on precipitation and floods. This one is on drought, heatwaves and conflict. Here's the headline message.

Droughts are not getting worse and they are not causing wars

Claims that droughts are getting worse are not supported in the scientific literature. This is true for both on a global level and for the UK, where historical records indicate much longer and more severe droughts occurred long before human carbon dioxide emissions became significant.

Moreover, claims that “climate change” was behind the conflicts in Darfur and Syria are shown to be based on highly partisan scientific studies that ignore a host of conflicting evidence.

Of course readers here know that papers like the "Drought caused the Syria crisis" one are bunk - I could have written lots more if I'd included all the stuff that has been debunked on the blogs. But there's enough in the peer reviewed literature to kill off this set of disinformation from our green friends.

The briefing is here.

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Reader Comments (103)

golf Charlie What's this rubbish about wall ties, you taking the pi88? Next you will be telling me walls can have neckerchiefs or cravats. Walls have chains not neckware.

Some watermelons have yellow flesh, and I have eaten white watermelons. Some cultivars lack pips (solo Gladys Knights?) Restraining those would therefore be more difficult.

Day of the Jackal is only one example of extreme violence to watermelonae. Sciency TV programmes are full of these poor creatures being shot, dropped from great heights, squashed and subjected other degrading abuses. It must stop. Perhaps somewhere out there is an underfunded organisation for the protection of watermelons. A sort of PDSW.

Apr 28, 2016 at 6:24 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Kendall

Alan Kendall, there are multiple depictions of watermelon destruction on film and TV, for a simple reason. The public likes seeing watermelons being destroyed.

The UK Government should adopt a policy of unlimited watermelon destruction, whether out of sadism, gratuitous violence, comedic value, or just for the feelgood factor.

Just think of all the employment possibilities in watermelon destruction. Traditional hunting, with packs of bloodthirsty hounds could be reinstated, with watermelons being dragged all over the country, up hill, down dale, before being ripped to pieces, by vegetarian dogs.

The BBC could also restore its national credibility with a new series, 'I'm a Celebrity Watermelon, Get me outa here!', many BBC favourites amongst management, could be encoraged to take part, and lose.

Apr 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

gC. You are a veritable watermelon sadist. You probably deny the watermelon holocaust. No doubt your hatred extends to pumpkins and you support their ritualistic annual killing. You give BH a bad name, try just a little to bring out your vegitarian side, even though you seem to be in deep denial.

Apr 28, 2016 at 9:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Kendall

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