Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The importance of biology and habitat in abrupt climate change

It’s about habitat

A dying maple tree

The huge storm that has wreaked havoc in the United States from Texas, through the Midwest to New York has resulted in record prices for grains and in all probability destroyed the wheat crops.

All we need now is simultaneous crop failure in several parts of the world and we’re toast.

In discussions about abrupt climate change and in predictions about near-term human extinction almost nobody “gets” the importance of biology and the impossibility of organisms adapting to rising temperatures and the breakdown of the Jet Stream.

For most people it is purely about climate science and there is an assumption that humans and human civilisation will prevail even if the rest of the planet dies – even if it is in a nuclear submarine.

On today’s Nature Bats Last Guy and Mike fielded an exellent question from Greg from Indianapolis, who starts by making an observation about the trees that are supposed to be native to his area dying.

When I bring up my own observations about strange things happening in our garden (like our magnolia tree keeping its leaves in winter or raspberries growing completely out-of-season I can get NOBODY other than a tiny number of people to take an interest in this precursor to dire events that are almost upon us.

Have a good listen to Guy’s explanation

Listen to "It's all about habitat" on Spreaker.

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