Say it ain’t so! Of all the dire warnings that have been made to those who refuse to worship at the altar of Global Warmism, this one really hits Aussies where they live. News.com.au has the bad word:
A study of the impact of climate change on 55 foods grown in Australia, [sic] found the quality of beef and chicken may plummet, eggplants may look weirder than they already do* and carrots could taste worse.
The report by researchers at the University of Melbourne said Australia’s dry deserts will become hotter, heavy rain will increase in areas like NSW [New South Wales] and cyclones will become less frequent but more intense in the north.
It found those predictions will impact agriculture production and force farmers to adapt to changing conditions.
That could mean cattle farmers switch to more heat-tolerant, but lower eating-quality, cows and winemakers will have to migrate south or face lower-quality yields.
Who wants to live in a world where you can no longer throw a shrimp on the barbie?
The article goes on to note that the report was developed as part of the Earth Hour campaign, which encourages Australians to switch off lights on March 28. To a disinterested observer, it might sound like the land down under is already in the dark. In 2013, a report in The Australian noted that scientists were baffled by a two-decade pause in rising temperatures. David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation was quoted as saying, “If we have not passed it already, we are on the threshold of global observations becoming incompatible with the consensus theory of climate change.” This “hiatus” in rising temperature occurred, moreover, despite a sharp increase in global carbon emissions.
To a non-scientist, this anomaly would suggest that perhaps the models used to predict long-term weather trends aren’t reliable. Whatever the explanation, the doom-and-gloom pronouncement in the News.com.au article may be a tad premature.