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It’s Global Warming, Stupid…

This weekend we’ve been taking advantage of the glorious weather – eating lunch on the roof terrace and strolling on the Heath in our summer clothes. It’s been like being on holiday – without ever leaving the NW5 postcode.

However, there’s no getting away from the fact that this weather is wrong. March should be cold and windy; the temperatures of 20C are freakishly high. Average temperatures in March are usually about 9C, and although this is not a like for like comparison (one day versus an average of a whole month that could include warmer and colder days), it does illustrate just how unusual these temperatures are. Here’s a table of English weather averages:

[hide]England Weather Averages
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average maximum temperature °C (°F) 6.6
(43.9)
6.9
(44.4)
9.3
(48.7)
11.7
(53.1)
15.4
(59.7)
18.1
(64.6)
20.6
(69.1)
20.5
(68.9)
17.5
(63.5)
13.6
(56.5)
9.5
(49.1)
7.4
(45.3)
13.1
(55.6)
Average minimum temperature °C (°F) 1.1
(34.0)
1.0
(33.8)
2.4
(36.3)
3.6
(38.5)
6.3
(43.3)
9.1
(48.4)
11.4
(52.5)
11.2
(52.2)
9.3
(48.7)
6.6
(43.1)
3.5
(38.3)
2.0
(35.6)
5.6
(42.1)
Sunshine
hours
50.5 67.7 102.5 145.2 189.9 179.4 192.8 184.1 135.0 101.3 65.2 43.9 1457.4
Rainfall
mm (inches)
84.2
(3.3)
60.1
(2.4)
66.5
(2.6)
56.8
(2.2)
55.9
(2.2)
62.9
(2.5)
54.1
(2.1)
66.7
(2.6)
73.3
(2.9)
83.6
(3.3)
83.5
(3.3)
90.4
(3.6)
838.0
(33.0)
Rainfall ≥ 1 mm
days
13.4 10.4 12.1 10.1 9.8 9.8 8.5 9.4 10.2 11.8 12.5 13.1 131.2
Source: Met Office[1] (1971–2000 averages)

And here’s a clip from a rather fantastic film I watched earlier in the week:

The film was released in 2009 and contained worrying information about what would happen if we hadn’t switched to more renewable energy by 2012, which we haven’t. Show it to anyone you know who doesn’t believe that global warming is our fault. Show it to idiots like Jeremy Clarkson.

I loathe Clarkie for many, many reasons – his casual sexism, his taste in leather jackets and his remarks about striking public sector workers. All of these make him a complete tool. What makes him more than just a tool, however, are his comments about global warming, which you can read in this article here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2009/mar/09/denial-climate-change-psychology

If Clarkie were just some random pub bore, his toxic views wouldn’t really matter. But Clarkie has some very powerful chums. Like Rupert Murdoch. And the Prime Minister. People who control what the public think and also have the power to make laws to change things. If David Cameron wanted to, he could sink all the money he’s pouring into the dubious HS2 into renewable energy. Or research into electric cars. Or he could ban supermarkets from selling food grown thousands of miles away, such as the Chinese mushrooms I saw on sale in my local Sainsbury’s a few months ago.

Indeed, before Dave became PM, he made lots of greenish noises, while the Tories’ logo changed from a torch into a tree.

Any of Dave’s green ideas seem to have gone the way of “hug a hoodie” and his claims that the NHS was safe in Tory hands. They just don’t square with the ideology of neo-liberalism; de-regulation, or as some would argue “re-regulation”, in favour of big business. Environmental legislation is almost as unpopular with the sort of people who bankroll the Tories as employment law. It’s the sort of thing that comes from the EU, something else all good Tories have very little time for.

The person I’d most like to talk to about all of this is Ed Miliband.

As the former Climate Change Secretary, Ed must know rather a lot about global warming.

Back in 2010, he spoke out clearly against the climate change denier contingent:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/31/ed-miliband-climate-change-scepticism

But sadly, we’ve not heard a lot from him on the subject recently, which I think is a real shame. His wife, Justine, is a lawyer who specialises in environmental issues, so I reckon she’d have a few interesting things to say about the subject too. Come on Ed, we want to hear what you think. I know you’ve flirted with Blue Labour (never really got that one); let’s have Green Labour instead. I think it might go down rather well.

Anyway, I need to stop ranting and get some sleep – I’ve got a busy day tomorrow (as opposed to what exactly….)

In the mean time, this may entertain. It came out last year, but I still think it makes a very good point:

Enjoy.

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This entry was published on March 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “It’s Global Warming, Stupid…

  1. Clarkson is a complete and utter fool. His denial of GW obviously hinges on his love of driving horribly inefficient cars at full-throttle. Even as a TG host, he’s insufferably boorish, self-absorbed, and completey out of touch with today.

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