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November 29, 2007

The Multifarious Toll of Global Warming

British engineering professor Dr. John Brignell runs a site called Number Watch, which he describes as

All about the scares, scams, junk, panics, and flummery cooked up by the media, politicians, bureaucrats, so-called scientists and others who try to confuse you with wrong numbers.

He's compiling a list of all the baleful effects the media has ascribed to global warming, each linked to a source. Surprisingly, our alleged 0.006°C per year temperature rise hasn't been linked to bad breath or hemorrhoids. But it has been blamed for the following:

Agricultural land increase, Africa devastated, African aid threatened, Africa hit hardest, air pressure changes, Alaska reshaped, allergies increase, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream end, amphibians breeding earlier (or not), ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, Antarctic grass flourishes, anxiety, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic lakes disappear, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty, atmospheric defiance, atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased, bananas destroyed, bananas grow, beetle infestation, bet for $10,000, better beer, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, bird visitors drop, birds return early, blackbirds stop singing, blizzards, blue mussels return, bluetongue, boredom, bridge collapse (Minneapolis), Britain Siberian, British gardens change, brothels struggle, bubonic plague, budget increases, Buddhist temple threatened, building collapse, building season extension, bushfires, business opportunities, business risks, butterflies move north, cancer deaths in England, cardiac arrest, caterpillar biomass shift, challenges and opportunities, childhood insomnia, Cholera, circumcision in decline, cirrus disappearance, civil unrest, cloud increase, cloud stripping, cockroach migration, cod go south, cold climate creatures survive, cold spells (Australia), computer models, conferences, coral bleaching, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow, coral reefs shrink , cold spells, cost of trillions, cougar attacks, cremation to end, crime increase, crocodile sex, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, cyclones (Australia), damages equivalent to $200 billion, Darfur, Dartford Warbler plague, death rate increase (US), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, dermatitis, desert advance, desert life threatened, desert retreat, destruction of the environment, diarrhoea, disappearance of coastal cities, diseases move north, Dolomites collapse, drought, drowning people, ducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn belt, early marriages, early spring, earlier pollen season, Earth biodiversity crisis, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing down, Earth spinning out of control, Earth spins faster, Earth to explode, earth upside down, Earth wobbling, earthquakes, El NiƱo intensification, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, equality threatened, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing, evolution accelerating, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (human, civilisation, logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod, ladybirds, bats, pandas, pikas, polar bears, pigmy possums, gorillas, koalas, walrus, whales, frogs, toads, turtles, orang-utan, elephants, tigers, plants, salmon, trout, wild flowers, woodlice, penguins, a million species, half of all animal and plant species, not polar bears, barrier reef, leaches), experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, fading fall foliage, famine, farmers go under, fashion disaster, fever,figurehead sacked, fir cone bonanza, fish catches drop, fish catches rise, fish stocks at risk, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, flesh eating disease, flood patterns change, floods, floods of beaches and cities, Florida economic decline, food poisoning, food prices rise, food security threat (SA), footpath erosion, forest decline, forest expansion, frostbite, frosts, fungi fruitful, fungi invasion, games change, Garden of Eden wilts, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, gingerbread houses collapse, glacial earthquakes, glacial retreat, glacial growth, glacier wrapped, global cooling, global dimming, glowing clouds, god melts, golf Masters wrecked, Gore omnipresence, grandstanding, grasslands wetter, Great Barrier Reef 95% dead, Great Lakes drop, greening of the North, Grey whales lose weight, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, hazardous waste sites breached, health of children harmed, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes (Australia), heat waves, hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late, homeless 50 million, hornets, high court debates, human development faces unprecedented reversal, human fertility reduced, human health improvement, human health risk, hurricanes, hurricane reduction, hydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, illness and death, inclement weather, infrastructure failure (Canada), Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, industry threatened, infectious diseases, inflation in China, insurance premium rises, invasion of cats, invasion of herons, invasion of midges, island disappears, islands sinking, itchier poison ivy, jellyfish explosion, Kew Gardens taxed, kitten boom, krill decline, lake and stream productivity decline, lake shrinking and growing, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, lawsuits increase, lawsuit successful, lawyers' income increased (surprise surprise!), lightning related insurance claims, little response in the atmosphere, lush growth in rain forests, Lyme disease, Malaria, malnutrition, mammoth dung melt, Maple syrup shortage, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, marine dead zone, Meaching (end of the world), megacryometeors, Melanoma, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, melting permafrost, Middle Kingdom convulses, migration, migration difficult (birds), microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, monkeys on the move, Mont Blanc grows, monuments imperiled, more bad air days, more research needed, mountain (Everest) shrinking, mountains break up, mountains taller, mortality lower, mudslides, National security implications, new islands, next ice age, Nile delta damaged, no effect in India, Northwest Passage opened, nuclear plants bloom, oaks move north, ocean acidification, ocean waves speed up, opera house to be destroyed, outdoor hockey threatened, oyster diseases, ozone loss, ozone repair slowed, ozone rise, Pacific dead zone, personal carbon rationing, pest outbreaks, pests increase, phenology shifts, plankton blooms, plankton destabilised, plankton loss, plant viruses, plants march north, polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic, polar bears drowning, polar bears starve, polar tours scrapped, porpoise astray, profits collapse, psychosocial disturbances, puffin decline, railroad tracks deformed, rainfall increase, rainfall reduction, rape wave, refugees, reindeer larger, release of ancient frozen viruses, resorts disappear, rice threatened, rice yields crash, riches, rift on Capitol Hill, rioting and nuclear war, rivers dry up, river flow impacted, rivers raised, roads wear out, rockfalls, rocky peaks crack apart, roof of the world a desert, Ross river disease, ruins ruined, salinity reduction, salinity increase, Salmonella, salmon stronger, satellites accelerate, school closures, sea level rise, sea level rise faster, seals mating more, sewer bills rise, sex change, sharks booming, sharks moving north, sheep shrink, shop closures, shrinking ponds, shrinking shrine, ski resorts threatened, slow death, smaller brains, smog, snowfall increase, snowfall heavy, snowfall reduction, societal collapse, songbirds change eating habits, sour grapes, space problem, spiders invade Scotland, squid population explosion, squirrels reproduce earlier, spectacular orchids, stormwater drains stressed, street crime to increase, suicide, taxes, tectonic plate movement, teenage drinking, terrorism, threat to peace, ticks move northward (Sweden), tides rise, tourism increase, trade barriers, trade winds weakened, tree beetle attacks, tree foliage increase (UK), tree growth slowed, trees could return to Antarctic, trees in trouble, trees less colourful, trees more colourful, trees lush, tropics expansion, tropopause raised, tsunamis, turtles crash, turtles lay earlier, UK Katrina, Vampire moths, Venice flooded, volcanic eruptions, walrus displaced, walrus pups orphaned, war, wars over water, wars threaten billions, water bills double, water supply unreliability, water scarcity (20% of increase), water stress, weather out of its mind, weather patterns awry, weeds, Western aid cancelled out, West Nile fever, whales move north, wheat yields crushed in Australia, white Christmas dream ends, wildfires, wind shift, wind reduced, wine - harm to Australian industry, wine industry damage (California), wine industry disaster (US), wine - more English, wine -German boon, wine - no more French , winters in Britain colder, wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less, workers laid off, World bankruptcy, World in crisis, World in flames, Yellow fever.

Brignell has left out the most malign effect of all: our being subjected to an endless barrage of sanctimonious rhetoric from hypocritical frauds like the Goracle.

Hat tip: American Thinker.

Posted by Van Helsing at November 29, 2007 11:02 AM


It is because of the wide net of gloom and despair that some in the media and environmental activists have cast that the public remain unmoved about this issue.

In in the end, these activists are doing a great disservice to science and research.

Posted by: dpt at November 29, 2007 3:05 PM

He describes his page as the "complete list" of global warming effects, but of course it is far from complete. I used to send him links, but I finally gave up because they were so numerous ... an absurd new claim on an almost daily basis.

The world really is going insane on this topic. I've been around for a while and I've never seen anything like it.

Posted by: ent at November 29, 2007 3:18 PM

"That's not writing. That's typing." Truman Capote

Posted by: phil at November 29, 2007 4:36 PM

And we're somehow not supposed to see this as a way to control people by making them irrationally afraid? Fifty years from now, our descendants are gonna be laughing at us for our stupidity at believing that we're doomed. Kind of how we laugh at people who thought there was a missile gap with the Soviets.

Posted by: Brooklyn Red Leg at November 29, 2007 7:21 PM

I really wish 50 years from now our descendants would be able to look back and laugh, but the People's Republik of Amerika this country will be by then probably won't allow laughter over topics that are not approved by the Commission for Humor. Sheesh.

Posted by: monsterforge at November 29, 2007 8:51 PM

Global warming causes more kittens? Looked it up and this is the result:

Posted by: Scott at November 29, 2007 9:19 PM

Brignell's site is excellent, a voice of sanity amidst the lunacy. He's not been very well lately, sadly. I'm sure everyone here will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

The significant thing about Numberwatch is that Brignell's a top notch scientist, an expert on measurement, and his explanations of the math behind the scaremongers' claims is second to none. It's the site to read (as are his books) if you want to go from just thinking something smells fishy to understanding how the smell is generated. Er, so to speak.

Ent said-
"The world really is going insane on this topic. I've been around for a while and I've never seen anything like it."

I see this in a kind of "future historian's" context. It seems to me we're approaching the apogee of the (hmm, what label to use?) "progressive" project that began over a century ago. In a sense, international socialism of the Soviet kind was a sideshow (a hideous and destructive one) while the progressive cause- basically, an attempt to impose an "expertist" regime- the reign of philosopher kings- ground on regardless. We're now living in the historical period wherein it will either succeed- and set the pattern of the world for some dreadful period of indeterminate duration- or it collapses and freedom may return.

Things now have to go one way or the other. There's little room for middle ground. They've bet the farm on this one- science will lose all credibility if it's false, as will governments and the transnationalist organisations (EU, UN), not to mention all the pressure groups set up to shill for the cause. Having ramped up the hysteria to this degree, if AGW is somehow defeated none of its promoters will have a leg to stand on, though should that occur it's going to be fun for the rest of us watching them trying to save themselves as the ship sinks sans lifeboats.

The thing to remember also, in the unlikely event that the Sane win, is that we mustn't let them get away with it this time. I say "this time" because we've had a smaller run with this before. The first grand campaign of the philosopher kings was eugenics, and we saw where that ended up. They got away with it by blaming "right wingers"- quietly covering up that Hitler was simply following progressive eugenic, big state policies (with an added nationalist twist).

While I'm rambling, it's worth mentioning perhaps that these days few people on either side of the Creationism and Abortion debates realises that these are the continuing aftershocks of the eugenics war. Christians (noteworthily for instance William Jennings Bryan) stood against Darwinism because they saw where it was heading- treating the population as cattle to be bred, as progressive scientists wished to do to "improve the stock". Meanwhile the abortion campaigners' motivation was also eugenic. Stopes, Sanger- eugenicists, targetting the poor and the inferior races for abortions. "Family planning" was created as a euphemism that meant not "people planning their families" but "people having their families planned for them". As an indicator of how widespread the eugenics cause was, bear in mind that Maynard Keynes and Lord Beveridge (architect of the British welfare state) were both members of the Cambridge Eugenics Society, and Julian Huxley was a profound eugenics believer. He founded UNESCO, and uber-green organisation the WWF (which is just one of the reasons I'm confident in my belief that greenism is primarily motivated by a contempt for the brown and the poor).

And before the Anonymous hordes jump on me, I'll just point out that I write as a pro-science Darwinist pro-abortion atheist. But history is history.

Anyway, back to the topic. The next few years IMV are going to be a crucial historical juncture. Either the Greens win, and western society will be brought down, or they'll lose, in which case there'll be an interesting reassessment of academia, governments and their fellow travellers. As the Chinese would say, we live in interesting times.

Posted by: Ian from the EUSSR at November 29, 2007 9:20 PM

"...better beer..."

You say that like it's a bad thing!

Posted by: Anonymous at November 30, 2007 11:05 AM