Even in So. Calif coastal, where it's usually mild, we're not
having much winter. Garden things are happening out of season.
For example, the leaves haven't even finished falling off my Wisteria,
when a few blooms already appear.
And my Cape Jasmine is flowering up a storm, way ahead of time.
I usually prune roses late January, so went ahead and did it,
but had to remove a lot of lovely, lush new foliage.
Any other "early" stories out there?
Lost three roses last year (mid-Northern Ontario) because we had an
early spring thaw February/March that lasted three weeks - just long
enough to persuade the roses it was time to start setting buds. Then we
had what used to be normal March weather, a couple of weeks of around -5
to -10C overnight, with mostly below freezing days, too.
The really scary thing about climate change is that the models predict
that a climate flip or turnover sould happpen in less than a century.
That is, some reasonable sets of inputs into the models predict very
rapid climate changes, others sets (only slightly different) predict
slow changes. But we don't know enough about the present climate to be
able to say which sets of input assumptions reflect reality. So we're
stuck with guessing. We could have a mostly tropical planet by 2100. But
the ecosystems can't adapt that fast. So ---
Upstate NY, zone 5:
My composter was frozen solid in early December, and full to the top. Now,
it's defrosted, and volume has reduced by half. I've never seen this happen
by January. Parsley's growing again, and a few crocuses have sent up
sprouts. They'll survive when frost returns, but I'm worried about some of
Here in W Pa the temperature is 60 and has been exceptionally warm mos
of the winter. We consider this a plus and count the days until Marc
when the temperatures won't go below 25. Although global warming my b
responsible for this warming trend. Global warming is a very seriou
happening and is not considered important by most governments, as the
are only concerned with big business and not changing their way o
polluting. Money talks, unfortunately
Yeah, they remind me of the ol; Ostrich...head-in-the-sand...Here in the
wilds of WA. State, several Robins showed up last Tuesday. I have never
before seen them here this early. It's usually near the end of February
before they show up!
Janet, I amend my comments to include governments not taking globa
warming important to the US, Russia, China, and India. Although
believe Russia has signed on to the treaty, it will be decades befor
they make much difference in their polluting
Global warming will actually make winters colder. Rising temperatures
will melt the ice caps, releasing fresh water into the ocean. This will
decrease the strength of the gulf stream, which is what brings warm air
from the equator up to the northern hemisphere during the winter. New
England and Europe are going to be hardest hit. In general, global
warming makes everything more extreme.
Here in Philadelphia, December was fairly cold, but this January,
temperatures have often been in the 50s, and it seems to make it to 60
once a week. My tulips and daffodils have already started coming up.
from "Doug Kanter" contains these words:
That's the US-govt fake excuse designed to justify their ostrich
stance to Americans. Taken from from the same
dusty-irrational-make-believe-justification shelf as " Saddam Hussein
had it coming because he was responsible for 9/11."
I love gardening too and have to laugh sometimes at the unscientific posts
that occur here at times. Some type of "global warming" caused the last
great ice age to recede too. How the heck did that happen? AND was it a
Major climate change has been a fact of life since the beginning of time on
earth. The difference now is the rate of change. No fossil record or core
sample we have ever found shows such a rapid change in temperatures over one
century as we have just experienced or such a huge measurable increase in
atmospheric carbon dioxide. During every major climate change, there were
major die offs of species - and many of those species had several thousand
years to adapt. It takes no special scientific ability to predict that with
more rapid climate change those die-offs will happen much faster and will
affect many more species. Can an earth which might lose 1/4th of all its
species support 6 or 7 billion humans? Not likely............In fact, it's
quite possible that we might join the ranks of the species who die-off, or
die back to small numbers. Just imagine if global warming were to assist the
spread of some sort of incurable plant disease to the grain family
(graminaceae) - how long could the human race survive in numbers without
wheat, rice, corn, oats, barley, rye, millet, or any other grain to provide
storable calories? Unfortunately, the climate change which fossil fuel
burning initiated might now be irreversible. In other words, even if we
stopped burning oil and coal tomorrow, the climate would probably continue
to warm for several centuries according to some models. I hope those models
are incorrect. Unwittingly at first, and now, with more knowledge available
to us but not acted upon, stupidly we have fouled our own nest.......
It wouldn't be such a concern if the 'warming' (melting) isn't takin
place in the short time frame. Actually the Industrial Revolution'
emergence and the large melting coincide. Ask the two right win
Senators from Alaska what they think of global warming. They have
front row seat. To ask for more proof is not fair, as virtually al
scientists agree on this one. Plus Google will turn up vast amounts o
data to confirm
There's nothing unscientific about this. Lots of studies have been
I'm not talking about another ice age, just weather patterns in the
northern hemisphere. The summers, like the rest of the world, will be
incredibly hot, but a weakened Gulf Stream will result in colder