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Topic - Realistic & Depressing article on Climate Change
Posted: October 13 2017 at 10:58am By WillobyBrat
To everyone who watches this debate, 

I can assure you that everything written and implied in the article that Chuck posted here was absolutely and undeniably (except by utter morons) correct.  Be afraid, be very afraid!  No great winged being is going to appear in the light of the sun and tell mankind that all will be saved.  I don't want to hammer people's faith or their naivete but, you/we are facing imminent extinction within two generations.  Starvation and foul weather will, without doubt, become the normal situation throughout all the nations.  Within the equatorial and sub-equatorial regions of this planet,  ie. from the tropic of Capricorn to the tropic of Cancer within ten years and as previously said within two generations for the rest of us.  in spite of anything that president Trump may say to the contrary, It is our (the human race's) own fault.  In my particular field (silviculture and arable agriculture) I have seen veritable plague after plague wiping out trees; from ash through olives and oranges to yuccas and many, many others.  This is no joke.  We are in grave danger.

We have brought infected plants from one country to another, spreading such things as ash die-back, insects that bore into pine trees and firs l(arch spruce etc.) even the iconic English elm is almost extinct through dutch elm disease carried by beetles.  Because we insist on planting foreign trees in Britain from Scandinavia our woodlands have become monoculture.  These replaced the oak, ash, rowan, cobnut and the yew, all of which supplied food for various species of fauna and unlike the needles of the larch etc. their broad leaves formed thick mats which decomposed into very fertile soil.  That natural ecosystem is disappearing.  Hundreds of millions of acres of forestry has been removed to allow the red grouse to live on heather-covered peat.  Contrary to anything said by the so-called environmentalists, this was not our country's natural state.  The black grouse is the one that should live in the heavily wooded forestry.  The other creatures have gone and if you look at an old map of my area and above you will see large areas with the words deer forest  across them.  They don't have forest now and they don't have the right species of deer.  That all went with the clearances.  We only have a diminutive amount of red deer and an excessive amount of the sapling-destroying roe deer.

Having removed the main means of carbon capture and of stabilization of hillsides and mountains, just at a time when the climate is changing, rainfall is increasing at a colossal rate and the temperatures are rising, all this adds up to massive landslides.  It is trees that hold the earth on hillsides in place.  

Ten years ago, when I bought my hillside smallholding, winters with eight foot of snow and temperatures of -17*C were the norm.  It changed abruptly about six years ago.  The norm is now approximately 4 inches of snow and -10*C.  The rainfall has tripled during that decade.

This year I grew olive trees outside.  I planted them last year.  Two struggled to survive over the winter.  But, five of them flowered and two bore fruit.  Most of the crops that would normally be grown on this land had noticeably poor harvests.  I have experimented successfully with other crops more suitable for the climate change.  Some were polyploids, all were selectively bred.  Without getting heavily into the genetic science, suffice it to say, if you want to eat in the future, you need (by you I mean the human race) to get behind the genetic engineering of crops to withstand extremes in heat, acidity, drought and inundation, high wind and unexpected insect and fungal attack.  Some of these problems can be solved at least in the short term, say 20 years leeway, by the use of companion planting, but I also suggest you look very carefully at the food crops grown by the native Americans of the southern states of the USA and South America. I have grown many of these successfully and improved a few.

Incidentally, when you have planted potatoes or any other tuberous crop and you find one bigger stronger and healthier than all the others, for God's sake don't eat it.  Take a nice big tuber of this, say potato, put it in the dark in a cool place till about a month before planting time next season, then bring it out into the light and use meristem culture techniques to produce dozens of them.  (It is a form of cloning.)

As it happens, loud-mouthed me lost 200 kg of soft fruit, mainly gooseberries to a plague of wasps.  Both myself and my wife got our hands stung by them.  They eat out the center of a gooseberry leaving it hanging like a Chinese lantern. in our weather, I didn't see that coming.  So be prepared for a few surprises.