Sunday, 24 April 2011

The nightingale does not sing anymore - blame it on climate change!



It is sad if the song of the nightingale is in danger of disappearing. But it is also sad that the automatic reaction of the environmentalists is: blame it on human induced climate change/global warming.


"Spring may lose song of cuckoos, nightingales and turtle doves"

When I saw this headline in the Guardian today, my first reaction was a question: On which line does climate change appear in the article as the reason for the sad decline of these bird populations?

It turns out the "blame it on climate change" answer is to be found on line 27:

"Climate change is almost certainly involved as well. Our poblem is to unravel those different causes and assess how they interact."

And later in the text climate change is again highlighted:

There is almost certainly a significant problem caused by climate change. Migrant birds arrive and breed and then have chicks at times which are no longer synchronised with the best periods when food, such as insects, is available. Again this is likely to have a serious impact on population numbers.

Read the entire article here


To be fair, the article mentions also a number of other, most likely much more real reasons for the bird
decline. But the golden rule for modern day environmentalists is: Whatever the problem may be, you are always safe if you blame it on global warming. That will give you a lot of media attention and - what is even more important - easy access to reasearch funding from various government and other sources, not to mention the European Union.

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