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Global Warming To Threaten Wimbledon


By Paul Homewood

The Met Office have this ridiculous article on their website today, called “Increasing climate challenge to Wimbledon Championships”:


It makes the usual claims of how global warming will impact sports like tennis:

Professor Stephen Belcher, the Met Office’s chief scientist, commented: “All the available evidence points towards the fact that our climate is changing: we have already seen aspects such as extreme heat, and the worse is yet to come.

“The UK has not recorded temperatures of more than 38.7 °C. However, our climate projections show temperatures of 40.0 °C or more are possible at Wimbledon even during future tournaments, posing considerable challenges for the health of players and spectators. Climate change will affect every facet of our lives, including the sports we love to watch. Wimbledon Environment Day is a reminder that society has very little time left to keep the temperature of our atmosphere within sustainable limits.”

A rather fatuous statement, given that tennis is already played in much hotter conditions than Wimbledon around the world, without health problems. Indeed most players I suspect would rather be somewhere else on a cold, damp day on Court 14!

But as the Met Office’s own data shows, UK summers are not actually getting hotter:

Occasionally weather conditions bring hot summers, as in 1976 and 2018, but the former still remains the hottest. In other years, we may see cold, wet summers.

But there is a reason why no summer since has topped 1976, the sun.

It is the sun that regulates temperatures in summer, not CO2. For instance, summers are hotter in Paris than London, because the sun is higher in the sky. A long, dry summer, dominated by high pressure, will always bring hot weather.

Occasionally the jet stream will also pull up very hot air from the Sahara, as in 2019, but this a short term meteorological occurrence, typically for a day or two, not evidence of climate change.

Unless the Earth shifts on its orbit, UK summers will be unlikely to top 1976 temperatures in our lifetimes.

It is shameful that the Met Office should give its name to this pernicious, politically motivated propaganda

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Ken Irwin
July 8, 2021 6:12 am

Sooner or later the average joe is going to wake up to the fact that it is all hype and no substance.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 9:10 am

Our of the link:
The study found more people had died of cold than heat over the two-decade period.

You may re-read that:

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Climate believer
Reply to  Krishna Gans
July 8, 2021 1:08 pm

Grifter only does headlines.
Facts, details, and nuance are right wing conspiracies.

Reply to  Climate believer
July 8, 2021 1:53 pm

Asking someone to review facts, details and ‘nuance” is RACIST.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 9:46 am

Hahahahaha — the guardian. You believe in the tooth-fairy too?

Alan the Brit
Reply to  beng135
July 8, 2021 11:24 pm

Actually, yes I do believe in the Tooth Fairy, she has credibility, Griff doesn’t!!!

Bill Toland
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 10:01 am

Griff, did you actually read the original study which the Guardian was referring to? The Guardian didn’t actually say what the ratio was of cold to heat related deaths. The original study said that cold related deaths outnumbered heat related deaths by a factor of 10 to 1.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 10:39 am

According to a Lancet study:

“The study — published in the British journal The Lancet — analyzed data on more than 74 million deaths in 13 countries between 1985 and 2012. Of those, 5.4 million deaths were related to cold, while 311,000 were related to heat.”

Once again you come up short.

Reply to  Rory Forbes
July 9, 2021 3:34 am

Thanks for the link…very interesting.

pHil R
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 12:35 pm

I wonder if grffter gets paid for down votes.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  pHil R
July 8, 2021 8:47 pm

I think it’s a college initiation

Have to state the dumbest thing and get the most down votes

Griff always wins

Reply to  pHil R
July 9, 2021 2:45 am

I think that griff is a closet climate ‘denier’ who posts here just make climate alarmists look stupid.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 2:20 pm

In addition to revealing that cold is more dangerous than heat, the study showed that fewer people died from “extreme temperatures” in 2019 than there were in 2000. The data shows any recent climate change to be beneficial.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Ted
July 8, 2021 3:08 pm

The Lancet study showed that fewer than 1% died from extreme temperatures. People prepare for and observe caution during extremes. It’s the other times that catch them off guard and unprepared.

The data shows any recent climate change to be beneficial.

So does the science. It’s basic meteorology. Storms are created by temperature differentials caused by cooling in the temperate zones. We have warming in the temperate zones, reducing the cause of storms.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 2:28 pm

I can’t beat that Beta Sigma variant link from the grifftard, but a woman’s arm comes off after she received the vaxx. Warning – not for the squeamish.


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Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 3:19 pm

Hi griff. So, would you prefer living in 1700 or 1800, or 1900 when CO2 was so benign, or this terrible time of dangerous levels of CO2 and heat-related deaths rising?

Alan the Brit
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 11:22 pm

When will you realise that “studies”, will produce whatever the writers want them to produce!!! Science went out of the window many years ago when it became a politicised outlet, with the “Final Solution” being the creation & establishment of a “One World” globul guvment, the very totalitarian control, people should listen to George Orwell as he predicted all this in 1948 when he wrote 1984!!! It’s still hype Griff baby!!! 😉

Barry Sheridan
Reply to  griff
July 9, 2021 12:58 am

griff, i would prefer warmer over colder, my body tells me so every year. As for this English summer. What summer, so far this year the odd short spell of warm weather has been lost in a succession of drab, dreary often rainy days.

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  griff
July 9, 2021 11:01 am

O you gullible you.

Reply to  Ken Irwin
July 8, 2021 9:55 am

Stories such as this are laughable and the vast majority of average Joes know it. They’re not stupid and when the reality of what would be needed to hit net-zero is fully out in the open they’ll make their views very firmly understood through the ballot box. This is why it’s highly unlikely the UK will get anywhere close to what the politicians are promising — it’s amazing how quickly politicians can change their minds when votes are at stake.

It’s extremely sad that science has been reduced to politics but that’s what is now happening. Joe Public will see right through this. It’s fine for the left-wing Metropolitan elite in their expensive city homes but what’s being proposed by the man-made climate change brigade will hit the poorest very hard. Joe Public won’t stand for it, just as they didn’t when the same people tried to defy Brexit.

Reply to  Ken Irwin
July 9, 2021 2:19 pm

Charles (Graham Chapman) determines that the blancmanges mean to win Wimbledon, having turned the population into Scotsmen, since they are known as the world’s worst tennis players.

July 8, 2021 6:13 am

Apparently, no idiocy is too stupid and far fetched to announce if one is a climate change true believer.

July 8, 2021 6:16 am

I suppose this means the end of 5 day Cricket Tests on the Indian sub-continent.
As India constitutes over 90% of one billion cricket fans in the world,I trust there will be a pushback from the Indian Premier League even if Wimbledon is doomed.
Do I need to add sarc.

Reply to  Herbert
July 8, 2021 8:52 am

Seems entirely likely that there will be periods of the year in India and Pakistan and even Australia where it is too hot for cricket…

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 9:33 am

What a chance ice hockey is an indoor game 😀 😀

Rory Forbes
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 10:41 am

So frigging what?

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 10:55 am


Seems like professional sports teams have everything under control Grifter, you can untwist your knickers.

David Kamakaris
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 11:33 am

You’re really wanting your spankies today, aren’t you, Griffie.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 12:35 pm

If it wasn’t too hot before, adding one or two tenths of a degree won’t make it too hot now.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 3:24 pm

“Australia where it is too hot for cricket…”

More fabricated BS from griff.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 4:18 pm

Griff – In the north east wheatbelt of Western Australia we often play cricket when it’s 42 degrees + celsius. Admittedly it’s a bit on the warm side, but a cold beer afterwards (or even between innings) works wonders. When it’s that hot, a couple of degrees either way makes no difference.

Caligula Jones
July 8, 2021 6:42 am

Remind me where the World Cup (soccer/football) is being held next time?

Reply to  Caligula Jones
July 8, 2021 8:54 am

Qatar of course. and they recognise that could be too hot…

‘Temperatures in Qatar can reach around 43 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit) in June when World Cups have traditionally taken place. With this in mind, the tournament will instead kick off 21 November and conclude 18 December.’

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 9:34 am

One time you are right, but there are more reasons, Qatar was a bad idea.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
July 8, 2021 2:36 pm

Watch your back at the snackbar.

Reply to  griff
July 9, 2021 5:52 am

Only 43? Soft.

Jo Ho
July 8, 2021 6:42 am

Does this mean we will have no more frequent ‘rain delays’ and we can watch uninterrupted tennis at Wimbledon? I am sure some players, from warmer climes, will appreciate a ‘bit’ of warm weather and will free up some space in their suitcases at they won’t need to pack their cardies and long-johns.

July 8, 2021 6:47 am

What did you expect from the fully paid up shills @ The Met Orifice?

July 8, 2021 6:53 am

Haven’t the just finished building 2 big courts at Wimbledon court No1 and one of the outer courts no 14 ?. Sounds like the UHI effect is bigger then thought.

July 8, 2021 7:10 am

Or it might by the “cooling” part of the “warming” trend that will be the problem. I’m sure they will find something to blame. I wonder what they’re going to blame Hurricane Elsa on … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaVN7V9HV3I

Reply to  John Shewchuk
July 8, 2021 10:42 am

Trump ? 😄

Bill Toland
July 8, 2021 7:19 am

The more articles like this are published, the more ridiculous climate alarmists appear. They seem to be totally oblivious to how stupid they sound. We must surely be close to peak stupidity by now. Eventually everyone will look at climate alarmists in the same way they look at people walking the streets with placards saying the end is nigh. In fact, Extinction Rebellion is already doing that.

Bruce Cobb
July 8, 2021 7:30 am

The Alarmist mouthpieces are in full-fledged, full-throated siren-blasting mode now, in the runnup to Glasgow. Got to get the sheeple ready to be fleeced. Because the longer and louder you shout lies, the more those who can’t think for themselves will believe them.

Andy Pattullo
July 8, 2021 7:34 am

I suppose they have a plan for how to conduct Wimbledon under mile thick ice once we return to the cozy preindustrial climate of our current ice age.

Peter East
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
July 8, 2021 3:35 pm

They’ll close the roof before the ice arrives!

July 8, 2021 7:37 am

How right Paul Homewood is.
Those who don’t believe in dangerous man-made global warming (rebranded as ‘climate change’, or the ‘climate crisis’) are often referred to as ‘deniers’ or ‘climate deniers’.
I’d say that the only deniers are the likes of the so-called scientists at the Met Office who, despite real-world data going back over 100 years, persist in peddling silly scaremongering stories and deny reality.
As I’ve asked before, where’s the dangerous climate change in their records?
The climate change nonsense has been relentlessly rammed down our throats since the formation of the IPCC in 1988, and even worse, the majority of the UK’s politicians believe in it all. As a result, we now face draconian impacts as a result of their misguided legislation. When will it end?

Reply to  Carbon500
July 8, 2021 8:54 am

I’ve never known Paul Homewood to be right

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 9:18 am

Than start knowing him now

Continue here

You may kearn something 😀

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 12:37 pm

Not agreeing with you, is not the definition of being wrong.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 2:39 pm

And he defended you!

Someone said you ate shit sandwiches and Paul said that’s not right because the griff doesn’t like bread.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 3:26 pm

“I’ve never known Paul Homewood to be right”

Yet he invariably is right, and backs it up with data and facts…

What does that say about YOU, griff.

Rich Davis
Reply to  griff
July 10, 2021 12:55 pm

That’s amazingly great news for Paul!

The Logical NOT operator says Paul Homewood is always wrong. So that means he’s always right.

Randy Stubbings
July 8, 2021 7:43 am

If the BBC gets its way, there will be no sports at all. Travel of any sort, from soccer moms taking kids to their games to pro athletes flying across oceans, will be forbidden due to its climate impact. We will all have “carbon” budgets that won’t be enough to heat our homes or cook our food, so there will definitely be no driving to recreational activities of any kind. And due to the risk of the future omega variant of COVID, there will be no in-person spectatorship anyway. If it were true to its dystopian principles, the BBC would be railing against the fact that Wimbledon exists today.

Reply to  Randy Stubbings
July 8, 2021 2:42 pm

Think of it as a kind of flattened or prolonged abortion.

July 8, 2021 7:49 am

Wimbledon experiences hottest day ever with high of 35.7C
The highest temperature in Wimbledon history was recorded on Wednesday, but two of the biggest names in tennis claim the intense heat was not a major issue for them. 2015

Wimbledon 2009: I thought I’d end up in hospital with heat stroke, says Jelena Jankovic
JELENA JANKOVIC feared she would end up in hospital as she crashed out of Wimbledon to 17-year-old American qualifier Melanie Oudin.
The former World No.1 nearly fainted at the end of a gruelling 66-minute opening set that she won in a tie-break

What is extraordinary now ?

Reply to  Krishna Gans
July 8, 2021 9:53 am

Of course there’s nothing extraordinary — tennis players suffering from heat-exhaustion in hot weather (and even having to retire from a match) is nothing new. The Australian Open is infamous for it.

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July 8, 2021 7:58 am

Okay, I think we can start the final countdown on the last few items not covered by these scare stories. The last ten items include you personal laundry basket and toothbrush. Maybe at that point they will reveal the real policy agenda for your wallet and administered future for your place in this brave new world.

July 8, 2021 8:05 am

It will be the end of professional tennis! Oh no!

Peta of Newark
July 8, 2021 8:08 am

and see the picture at the top of this story….
See the recently installed sliding roof?
See the green (rolled up) sheets down the right hand side of the court?

Put there to keep the sun out don’t ya know.

July 8, 2021 8:09 am

Wimbledon is in far more danger from piss poor officiating and neverending rule changes than from the weather. Morons.

July 8, 2021 8:10 am

The more I see of the kinds of statements quoted above, the more convinced I am that psychobabble has finally succeeded in destroying the brains of people who write that drivel. And that is assuming, of course, that those people actually have working brain cells…. which seems somewhat doubtful to me.

July 8, 2021 8:19 am

What, the grass is going to grow too fast?

Bruce Cobb
July 8, 2021 8:47 am

Numerous in-depth studies of the minds of Alarmists have been done, and many, as one would expect, suffer from Rotted Brain Syndrome (RBS), due primarily to infrequent, if ever use of their brain. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Many others though, have a remarkable on/off switch of sorts, whis is activated by key words such as “climate change”, “global warming” and “extreme weather”. When those words (and others) are heard or read, their brain switches automatically to the “off” position. This allows them to revert to Belief mode, wherein they can just spout meaningless catch phrases and the like.
Quite remarkable, really.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 8, 2021 8:55 am

Hmmm… are you sure this isn’t all a leftist plot?

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 9:21 am

No, it’s a nice, appropriate joke 😀 – to difficult for your understanding, as you are part of the joke 😀

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 9:22 am

Speaking of rotted brain…

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 12:39 pm

Poor griff, they are getting bitter at their utter inability to come up with a rational response.

Reply to  griff
July 8, 2021 3:29 pm

“leftist plot”

Ask your comrades, griff.

Trying to deny your ultra-left bent.. yet making it so obvious.

July 8, 2021 9:05 am

What a load of cow flops.

Seriously, are these people completely cocooned somewhere that we don’t know about?

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July 8, 2021 9:17 am

Greta will save us…..
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Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
July 8, 2021 10:59 am

Adverse reaction shouting HOW DARE YOU for no good reason

Reply to  Notanacademic
July 8, 2021 11:46 am

Oh, in her case, it’s even worse than that….

Greta boyfriend.jpg
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
July 8, 2021 12:39 pm

Poor guy

Alan the Brit
Reply to  MarkW
July 8, 2021 11:47 pm

Poor guy indeed, no balls, probably!!!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
July 9, 2021 3:13 am

New balls please!

Rich Davis
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
July 10, 2021 1:15 pm

Does she first put us up against the wall?

Danley Wolfe
July 8, 2021 9:18 am

what crap…. Wimbledon matches have ALWAYS been hot.

Reply to  Danley Wolfe
July 8, 2021 9:36 am

June / July in summer, 😀

Reply to  Krishna Gans
July 8, 2021 2:47 pm

I visited London a couple of years ago and that one day heat wave at the end of July was stifling.

July 8, 2021 9:28 am


You state:

“But as the Met Office’s own data shows, UK summers are not actually getting hotter:
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Yet the graph that you provided shows an increase in Mean Maximum Temperature England Summer of more than 1 degree C over the 130 or so years covered. Please explain.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 8, 2021 9:29 am

Well, that is certainly more than I thought that I had cut-and-paste. But, still, your statement and the graph don’t agree. Please explain.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 9, 2021 1:44 am

The graph tops out at 23C, a comfortable and cool temperature. This graph does not indicate any extremely hot days in the UK. Right now in north Portugal along the coast we are still in spring! It has been decidedly chilly most days, staying in the low- to mid-20s.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 8, 2021 10:17 am
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
July 8, 2021 3:34 pm

Jim: take a close look at that graph. Notice that there are a few peaks of 22 degrees C or just below, spanning over a century from the year 1900, There are just two above 22 degrees C – the hot summer of 1976, and more recently 2018. Curiously, the summer of 1959 was a hot one in England, yet I don’t see evidence of it here. Perhaps a meteorologist could explain why this is so. That aside, there’s no evidence suggestive of anything out of the ordinary here. Warmer summers, cooler summers – nothing at all extraordinary, nothing suggesting dangerous man-made warming or ‘climate change’. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m 72 years of age, and I’ve lived in England for all of those years. The climate has not changed – warm summers, cold summers, wet summers, dry summers, nothing’s changed. So why, despite real-world records such as the above, are we being bombarded with all the ‘climate change’ nonsense by the Met Office? Where’s the evidence of climate change in the above data?

July 8, 2021 9:54 am

The last three mornings ( July 6th,7th and 8th) My central heating has switched on automatically at the command of the thermostat ( set at 18 degrees C). I’m guessing that low temperatures in July are another sign of global warming?

Reply to  Martin
July 8, 2021 12:41 pm

This past winter, the usual suspects were assuring us that record cold was a sure sign of global warming.

Anthony Banton
Reply to  Martin
July 8, 2021 3:06 pm

No that’s weather.
Come back in 30 years and tell us if it’s still happening eh ?

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Martin
July 8, 2021 11:53 pm

Please stop calling it global warming, otherwise they will have to falsify data to show constant warming without variation, probably using puter moduls!!! You must refer to it as “Climate Change”, a heads I win tails you lose scenario is always more appropriate in any “debate”!!! Sarc off!

July 8, 2021 10:37 am

In my part of the world, about 30 miles from Wimbledon, we have had unusually cool, wet conditions (for the time of year) for about 5 days now. And the “Increasing climate challenge to Wimbledon championship” meme appeared on the Met Office website about a week ago. Looks to me as if someone saw a forecast for lots of rain, and decided to try to make use of it for scare purposes.

Nevertheless, they are getting through the championship. In 1982, they had to postpone the men’s final by a day!

Reply to  Neil Lock
July 8, 2021 10:48 am

The horror!!

Ulric Lyons
July 8, 2021 11:22 am

“But there is a reason why no summer since has topped 1976, the sun.”

That’s right, without which it would not have occurred, nor would have 2003, or 2006, or 2018.

July 8, 2021 11:30 am

What officialdom neglects to tell fans is that the immediate ambient conditions impact balls which creates challenges for those playing with them. This has been well known since before either tennis or Wimbledon games started by men from around the world.

July 8, 2021 2:34 pm

I played in a tennis tournament in Idaho one summer and it was hotter than 40C.

Anyway, it is possible to play tennis indoors or in a covered stadium.

July 8, 2021 3:10 pm

Come on down to the Australian Open in Melbourne in January when temperatures can be above 40C, and an extreme heat policy can result in games being suspended. But with Covid-19 it is still unclear whether players will be alllowed to enter Australia without quarantining for 2 weeks.

Anthony Banton
July 8, 2021 3:13 pm

Paul Homewood:
“Occasionally the jet stream will also pull up very hot air from the Sahara, as in 2019, but this a short term meteorological occurrence, typically for a day or two, not evidence of climate change.
Unless the Earth shifts on its orbit, UK summers will be unlikely to top 1976 temperatures in our lifetimes.

Yes it is “short-term” and it is “weather” BUT it takes place with the current atmospheric energy available driving it.

Our hottest days always come from air advected over the shortest sea-track – the channel. 
The air that sits over the SE of England come time of maximum insolation on our hottest days has been imported from France, and indeed in extreme heatwaves from air that originated over the Sahara.
It is by no means unusual.
It’s happened as, like, *forever*.
To say that it is not evidence of climate change is staggering.
In the past those extreme Saharan air-masses still got to us on occasion.
The air arriving from the Sahara via France will have had many days of lesser night-time minima, which do not become invisible because of daytime heating. It is still energy that doesn’t have to be supplied by that days sunshine.
Also non-condensing GHGs act throughout the 24 hours in attenuating LWIR escaping to space.

This is the same get-out as saying that the Lytton B.C record high was just the result of a freak Foehn event.
Yes, it’s weather but the weather is a variability in the energy available in the atmosphere – and both the US/Canadian and any extreme heatwave in the SE of England are in by no means “freak”. These events have happened before (as in the meteorological setup) but they have not resulted in such high maxes.
That is the Rockies have been there a long while and  SE’ly Foehn winds are not new. It’s happen many times before.

John in Oz
July 8, 2021 4:42 pm

Professor Stephen Belcher, the Met Office’s chief scientist, commented: “All the available evidence points towards the fact that our climate is changing: 

Belcher is not much chop as the Met Office’s chief scientist, nor as a ‘scientist’ in the general sense, if he does not understand that climates change all of the time. Even for his small part of the World, the Little Ice Age should be known to him.

Vincent Causey
July 8, 2021 11:52 pm

It is a professor who said it, so it must be believed. I predict that in the future professors will be viewed with the same amusement as people today view the shamans and voodoo men. And they will have only themselves to blame for it.

July 9, 2021 12:26 am

“Belcher” is an appropriate name!! This meteorological moron doesn’t even know that when the roof is closed – they turn on the aircon to keep the temp comfortable for players! But like his hysterical colleague Viner who predicted 17 years ago that “children soon will not know what snow is” Belcher’s predictions can safely be consigned to the dustbin. Game.set and match.

July 9, 2021 2:47 am

“society has very little time left to keep the temperature of our atmosphere within sustainable limits.”
Care to put a figure on that ‘little time left’?

Melvyn Dackombe
July 9, 2021 6:31 am

I think Griff gets more exposure than anyone.

I’m convinced he likes making contentious comments in order to feed his ego.

Ed Zuiderwijk
July 9, 2021 10:59 am

The clue is in the learned gentlman’s name. To belch = noisily expel stomach gasses.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
July 10, 2021 1:31 pm

Funny, I thought it meant to emit water vapor backlit to appear black and call it carbon. As in a picture of a cooling tower used to illustrate a power plant “belching” carbon emissions. There’s another definition apparently?

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