Al Jazeera Climate Change Misanthropy: “Will coronavirus help nature reclaim the Earth?”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Yet another green celebrating the retreat of humans in the face of a deadly epidemic.

The Green Read: Will coronavirus help nature reclaim the Earth?

There are signs of wildlife flourishing in the absence of humans, but COVID-19 has also slowed conservation efforts.

by Nick Clark 30 Apr 2020

In these times when we need to seek out positives to counter the gloom, there are many good things happening in the natural world. In the space wrought open by COVID-19, a quiet has descended on parts of our planet previously drowned out by normal life thundering on. 

It is of small comfort to businesses that rely on the daily whirl to survive but it is happening, so let us drink it in.

In our cities, the thrum of traffic and construction and planes passing overhead has given way to the boisterous dawn chorus. This daily symphony of birdsong is more audible than it has been in decades in urban areas this northern spring.

Even the ocean depths are quieter with fewer ships at sea, and marine biologists are taking this rare opportunity to study the impact the lack of churning, droning propellers will have on ocean life.

Worldwide emissions are down and the air we breathe is cleaner. Wildlife in river and estuary, field and hedgerow and even on the urban fringe, is making hay in the absence of the human hordes and their vehicles. 

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Greens are being quite open these days about celebrating widespread Coronavirus misery as something wonderful and inspirational. Remember this when everything returns to normal, and greens go back to trying to be your friend.

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Martin Howard Keith Brumby
April 30, 2020 10:14 pm

Are the good people of Qatar ready for this brave new world?

Or the bad people of Qatar, for that matter?

So, let’s be honest just for once.

If it is so great that civilisation grinds to a holt, we need far less humans. “Planet of the Humans” shows their cunning plan.

So, who gets to survive?

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  Martin Howard Keith Brumby
May 1, 2020 12:35 pm

Qatar survives by selling LNG to the world, there is nothing else. Big expansion on the books.
So green

April 30, 2020 11:09 pm

“Will coronavirus help nature reclaim the Earth?”

It is being used in that way by the United Nations – as a message from nature for us to take climate action as prescribed in UN agreements.

April 30, 2020 11:13 pm

“Will coronavirus help nature reclaim the Earth?”

Why does nature need to RE claim? Did it lose its claim?

J Mac
April 30, 2020 11:22 pm

RE: “Worldwide emissions are down and the air we breathe is cleaner”
Uhhmmm…. CO2 emissions are not down. They have continued to increase over the last 2 months of ‘shut downs’. Soon the natural seasonal decline in atmosphere CO2 will begin as the Northern Hemisphere plant life begins to consume CO2 again. Will the lying Green Readers claim this because ‘man made’ emissions are down? You damn betcha…..

Chris Hanley
Reply to  J Mac
April 30, 2020 11:53 pm

CO2 does not contribute to ‘dirty air’ which is due to particulates of carbon and other chemicals.
CO2 is invisible, odorless, innocuous to humans and essential for photosynthesis hence life on Earth.

Reply to  J Mac
May 1, 2020 12:13 am

“”Worldwide emissions are down and the air we breathe is cleaner”Uhhmmm…. CO2 emissions are not down.”
He says emissions are down, not specifically CO2. The truth is emissions include particulates that do result in air pollution that affects human and animal health.

Reply to  Simon
May 1, 2020 1:58 am

CO2 not affected, oh dearie me.

And CO2 has nothing to do with the air being clean or not.

J Mac
Reply to  Simon
May 1, 2020 10:05 am

Consider this a teaching moment. The truth is Nick Clark made an all-encompassing statement that was not accurate. I pointed out the key falsehood. Nick asserts that man made ’emissions’ are down because of the depressing economic effects from the Chinese virus. Yet CO2 ’emissions’ have not shown a downward trend in March or April 2020, even though ‘man made’ economic activities are down significantly worldwide. See posted here at WUWT just 5 days ago. You and Nick Clark and many others assert that increasing atmospheric CO2 is a direct result of human activity yet it has continued its natural increase even as human activity has plummeted. D’OH! The key data doesn’t support your hypothesis. The null hypothesis (natural CO2 increase) holds.

It’s simple Simon. Weasel wording Nick Clark and others like you are ‘cherry picking’ data that supports your assertions, and omitting data that does not support your position. It’s fundamentally dishonest.

In May, atmospheric CO2 will begin its annual natural cyclic decline, as renewed plant life in the northern hemisphere increasingly consumes CO2 during the spring/summer/fall growth cycle. Will the lying Green Readers try to claim this is because ‘man made’ emissions are down? You damn betcha…..

Chris Hanley
April 30, 2020 11:41 pm

Nick Clark is based in London population 9,304,016, if he wants to hear the “boisterous dawn chorus” and all that rubbish he should move.
Cities cover a mere 3% of the land surface that is only 30% of the entire surface of the globe, the “natural world” would not have noticed anything.

May 1, 2020 12:08 am

“Greens are being quite open these days about celebrating widespread Coronavirus misery as something wonderful and inspirational.”

Eric, what is wrong with you? Did you get out of bed on the wrong side? This writer is simply saying that although things are tough …”It is of small comfort to businesses that rely on the daily whirl to survive but it is happening, so let us drink it in”… there are some positives like the clean air etc that we can enjoy. He even says “In these times when we need to seek out positives to counter the gloom.” What could possibly be wrong with that?

Where in this did he say he was celebrating “widespread Coronavirus misery?” Sorry mate but your interpretation is just downright twisted…..

May 1, 2020 12:44 am

Wildlife isn’t thriving because of a few weeks of shutdown. Frogs didn’t multiply overnight, birds didn’t appear out of thin air, Hedgehogs didn’t use a time tunnel from 1955, the goats and deer and pheasants didn’t just start visiting towns and cities, bees didn’t come out of 30 year’s hibernation in the ground………..

They are only there because they have been quietly thriving all along . The only difference is people have had time to stand and stare, stopped to notice what is around them all the time.

Martin Howard Keith Brumby
Reply to  MrGrimNasty
May 1, 2020 1:13 am

Agreed. I add that it is the comparatively rich “West” that generally takes good care of the environment and the frogs, birds, hedgehogs etc.

If you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, all these critters are potential snacks. If you want ’em cooked, bye bye tree.

Yet it is the West that the GangGreen is desperate to destroy.

May 1, 2020 1:40 am

There is an article in this month’s Science Magazine that says that the Chinese have a vaccine that protects monkeys
hope this link works

George Lawson
May 1, 2020 1:43 am

So many generalisations without proof or specifics. Tell us Mr Clark what wildlife is benefitting without the presence of humans. Give us proof that the dawn chorus is any better now than it ever has been. It’s still the same beautiful experience as it always has been at my home, and has it occurred to you that 90 per cent of all areas of the country never see an aeroplane. What is your proof that ships propellers have any effect whatsoever when compared to the thrashing of the oceans during a mighty storm, and how can any marine biologist create any meaningful study on the short term transit of shipping over any marine area. Who are these hordes of people that disturb our rivers, estuaries and hedgerows? Mr Clark, you obviously have your own agenda to serve, but a decent journalist will not make up stories to suit that agenda. Al Jazeera do themselves great injury in publishing such rubbish written by a man who is prepared to write any baseless stories to further his own twisted ideologies.

Flight Level
May 1, 2020 1:57 am

Qatar is now a one of the major cargo hubs thru Qatar Airways and about a dozen of other registered operators.

So speaking of big CO2 spitting jets, they should switch back to camels and loose a sizeable revenue. Not happening tells my little finger.

May 1, 2020 2:01 am

“the impact the lack of churning, droning propellers will have on ocean life.”

Great news that they shut down all offshore wind turbines. The whales will be very pleased

May 1, 2020 4:08 am

” …. fewer ships at sea …. ”
Our local ports haven’t seen much change apart from the loss of holiday pasenger ships which make up a microscopic portion of trade.

Just Jenn
May 1, 2020 6:05 am

That has to be one of the top most arrogant crap I have ever read.

And that is saying something considering I was married to a narcissist.

The ocean depths are quieter? what the……….. Right because humans determine waves and currents (AT THE SURFACE). UHHUH…sure.

If you believe that, I’ve got some absolutely FANTASTIC beach property for sale in Yuma, AZ, you should check it out, quiet, peaceful and right next to the beach, all you gotta do is wait for the big earthquake in LA and the ocean will be yours! Get in now! Quick before all the future beach front property will be going….going….gone!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Just Jenn
May 1, 2020 7:51 am

“The ocean depths are quieter? what the”

He must be right. Right? He must have swam down and listened, surely. He wouldn’t just make stuff up…

Shoki Kaneda
May 1, 2020 6:38 am

Paganism from Muslims?

May 1, 2020 7:15 am

The must’ve watched Michael Moore’s new documentary.

Pat Frank
May 1, 2020 8:50 am

Nature is flourishing around the Chernobyl site, too.

So, with flourishing nature as the criterion of action, maybe Nick Clark can tout helping nature globally by advising detonation of nuclear power plants all around the world.

The likes of Nick Clark see nature through a Disney lens. Darwin had the better view (by way of Tennyson): nature red in tooth and claw. There is nothing romantic about nature in the raw.

Andy Pattullo
May 1, 2020 8:58 am

“seek out positives to counter the gloom”

Yes that is a a worthwhile ambition. Personally not an issue for me as I fully appreciate how positive is the world I inhabit and what a great place for my children and theirs to come. I admire human progress and the improvement in every measure of human condition that the past centuries have brought. I wonder at our ability to recognize and solve major problems including those relating to our impact on the natural environment. But if there are very gloomy corners in the minds of environmental cultists then have at it – go and seek some positives if you can bear the culture shock.

My suspicion however is that your trade is all about gloom and that you revel in the worst possible interpretation of current times and many of you in the cult also seek financial gratification in the trade on fear. That just isn’t a very appealing way to be and not a path I chose to follow.

May 1, 2020 12:18 pm

More blather and nonsense from Al Jazeera and Nick Clark all based on the erroneous notion that humans are apart FROM nature and not a part OF nature.
We humans do what our nature, our innate drive to survive and proliferate, demand that we have to do. In this way we are not any different from all the rest of nature. However as thinking beings we, for some illogical reason, have guilty feelings about being successful at it. Remember that 99.99+% of species that have ever lived are already extinct! And today’s version of human will be extinct some time in the future (but hopefully not for a very long time).

Consider for a moment that most lifeforms will change their surrounding environment to best suit their needs. For instance look at the the 4,000 year old termite colony in Brazil that covers an area the size of Great Britain ( and many other sites). These simple insects have profoundly changed the Brazilian environment about them to best suit their needs at the expense (and sometime to the advantage) of many other microbes, insects, plants, and animals, and this is all quite natural.

Humans are profoundly successful for two main reasons —
1. We are not particularly specialized at many tasks but are very highly adaptable to perform a wide variety of tasks.
2. Some humans can remember, think, and logically reason the best paths to survival.

IMO we should celebrate our success and not denigrate it as we continue to adapt, and assist were we can, to maintain the rest of nature in an equitable state. We should all understand that extinctions is quite normal in nature.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  tom0mason
May 1, 2020 12:44 pm

+1000 for the week, great post for a gloomy Friday, thanks

Joel Snider
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
May 1, 2020 2:49 pm


Reply to  Joel Snider
May 1, 2020 7:40 pm

Thank-you Joel Snider, stay fit and well.

Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
May 1, 2020 7:39 pm

Thank-you Pat from Kerbob. Stay fit and well.

Abolition Man
Reply to  tom0mason
May 2, 2020 8:53 am

One of the greatest things that humans do is preserve and protect the natural environment, of which we are part, by producing abundant CO2 that is the basis for most life on Earth. I hope we continue to pump out adequate amounts of this life-giving gas but worry what will occur when fossil fuel supplies dwindle in the future. Human ingenuity should come up with numerous solutions but if our education system continues to be controlled by the Progressive religious cults like GangGreen and Communism our progeny may not have the brainpower to find solutions. Maybe the silver lining in the ChiCom 19 dem-panic is that home schooling will become widespread and the brainwashing and indoctrination of children with Progressivism will decline! Hope springs eternal.

William Astley
May 1, 2020 3:52 pm

Left’s predictions are as good as their climate ‘science’.

The Left are thinking this covid problem will drag out for ever, so the new norm is masks and isolation for ever.

We just got a technological breakthrough that, if it works, is going to make our countries great again. We could have a covid virus super ‘vaccine’ by September.

When this is over. The economy is going to be the issue, not CAGW.

Trump has given $500 million to one of the two companies (who are working to develop this new technology) to go to human trials…

… for human tests of an engineered virus like entity that will penetrate some of our cells to produce the spike protein that the covid virus has.

The production in our body, using our own bodies cells, of the spike like covid protein, will enable our body’s immune system to learn how to defeat the virus.

This method of providing host immunity is safer, more effective, and cheaper than the old technology vaccines. The new technology created a ‘vaccine’ like entity in 42 days as compared to a year or so using traditional methods.

Note this same technology could take on future ‘novel’ viruses.

This new technology was used to defeat Ebola.

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