Category Archives: Agriculture

Paul Ehrlich wrong again: World Cereal Production Set To Reach Historic High

There’s a surging current of alarm that we’re headed for a food doomsday by 2050—that the world’s food-producing capacity will crash before population peaks at 10 billion. Don’t you believe it! Smart technology and better management policies will let us … Continue reading

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Further to a 1740-type event

Guest essay by David Archibald This post drew attention to the similarity between the recent warm decades and the period leading up to the extremely cold year of 1740. Now let’s investigate how a 1740-type event might play out. This … Continue reading

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Is Fighting Global Warming the Solution to Water Shortages in Malawi (or Elsewhere)?

Guest essay by E. Calvin Beisner In late May two evangelical environmentalists, recently returned from visiting Malawi, published articles in which they said poor Malawians are suffering from reduced rainfall caused by manmade global warming. Jonathan Merritt wrote for Religion … Continue reading

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Corn up 7% worldwide, Paul Ehrlich of course sees agricultural collapse

While the alarmists wail over 400PPM of CO2, and push doom and gloom crop failure scenarios, in the real world where people risk money and livelihood, the news is far, far, better. Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-25/world-grain-harvest-seen-jumping-7-by-igc-on-corn-crop-surge.html Of course Paul Ehrlich thinks the … Continue reading

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Record Cold in Interior Alaska – heading into the USA, agriculture at risk

reader “agimarc” writes: As with the Lower 48 states, spring is late and cold here in central Alaska. Fairbanks reported a record low of 2 degrees F above zero Sunday, breaking the previous record of 8 from 1924. Here in … Continue reading

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Nitrogen as pollutant and lifegiver

From Kansas State University, dueling statements, which I’ve highlighted in bold. Its the same sort of nonsense argument we here for Carbon Dioxide, that while essential for all life on the planet, it is also a pollutant. I see a … Continue reading

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Steven W. Running On Empty

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Let me start by getting the jargon out of the way. The “NPP” is the “net primary productivity”. It is how many total tonnes of new plant matter are produced around the globe each year … Continue reading

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A bridge in the climate debate – How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

This is one of the most important posts ever on WUWT, it will be a top “sticky” post for a few days, and new posts will appear below this one during that time. People send me stuff. Imagine, shooting 40,000 … Continue reading

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Global Warming to Endanger Breakfast by 2080!!!

Guest Post by David Middleton First it was wheat and now it’s coffee. What’s next? Bacon & eggs? This is nothing but alarmist nonsense… Researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the Environment and Coffee Forest Forum in … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Alarmism, Carbon dioxide, IPCC, James Hansen, Positive effects of CO2, Temperature | Tagged , , , | 61 Comments

The UK Growing Season

Guest post by David Archibald Next week I am hosting a dinner party at which a Fellow of the Royal Society will be guest of honour – one of the Gang of Four who got the Society to tone down … Continue reading

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Do Increasing Temperatures Lower Crop Yields?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I keep reading these claims that we’re all going to starve because of global warming. People say it’s going to be the death of agriculture, that increasing temperatures will cause significant drops in crop yields. … Continue reading

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We Had To Pave The Environment In Order To Save It

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Trading food for fuel, in a world where high food prices already affect the poor, has always seemed like a bad idea to me. If I have a choice between growing corn to fuel SUVs … Continue reading

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Neutrons and the 1970s cooling period

Note: the original title Solar Neutrons and the 1970s cooling period was unintentionally misleading as Dr. Svalgaard points out in comments: What produces Solar Neutrons? the title of the post is misleading. The cosmic rays are protons, not neutrons, and … Continue reading

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Masters, McKibben, and droughting Thomases

Every once in awhile you see something in the “it’s worse than we thought” meme that deserves some clarification for those that want to look at all the data, rather than those who want to push gloom and doom. A … Continue reading

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More on Mark Hertsgaard’s ridiculous claims – The Goldilocks Crop and the Impending Extinction of Pasta

Guest Post by David Middleton Yesterday, WUWT covered the issue from one angle, and blew Hertsgaard’s riduculous claims out of the water. Today, here’s another independently arrived at conclusion that suggests Hertsgaard’s claims are pure fantasy. It is apparently becoming … Continue reading

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Climate Craziness of the Week – Mark Hertsgaard embarrasses himself with ‘The End of Pasta’

Global warming kills spaghetti crop Sigh, “The End of Pasta?” reads more like “The end of journalism” Some days, there appears such blatant stupidity in the MSM, you wonder if there isn’t some sort of award than can be handed … Continue reading

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Global warming to kill fruit flies – and this is a bad thing?

Evolutionary straitjacket means flies can’t take the heat Many species of fruit fly lack the ability to adapt effectively to predicted increases in global temperatures and may face extinction in the near future, according to new research. In a study … Continue reading

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Unclear on the concept: ‘Organic food could help save the world from global warming’

Some blowback about last weeks announcement that Stanford researchers find little difference between organically farmed food and commercially grown food leave a bit to be desired in the logic department. From the Times of India: 

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