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When Lunacy Conflicts With Reason

As you all know, ClimateGate has caused a renewed call for the re-analysis of climate data, climate research and those who claim ownership of the Global Warming mantra.  However, not everyone has gotten the word.  There are still those who are toting the sullied pail with a renewed dedication.  Even if that vigor conflicts with reason.

Case in point:  The Guardian newspaper's Anne Kelly.  Her insistence that the world is doomed to extinction is conflicting with her actual on the ground reality and she can't quite seem to handle it.  Her lunacy over the Global Warming fallacy prevents her from seeing real truths.

Ok, here is the setup for the story...

Peru's mountain people face fight for survival in a bitter winter

Climate change is bringing freezing temperatures to poor villages where families have long existed on the margins of survival. Now some must choose whether to save the animals that give them a living, or their children.

For alpaca farmer Ignacio Beneto Huamani and his young family, life in the Peruvian Andes, at almost 4,700m above sea level, has always been a struggle against the elements. His village of Pichccahuasi, in Peru's Huancavelica region, is little more than a collection of small thatched shelters and herds of alpaca surrounded by beautiful, yet bleakly inhospitable, mountain terrain.

Not knowing anything else, you might be thinking that changes in our global climate that are leading to colder temperatures is also leading to harsher living conditions for the Peruvian Mountain farmers.  Yet, you would be wrong.

The few hundred people who live here are hardened to poverty and months of sub-zero temperatures during the long winter. But, for the fourth year running, the cold came early. First their animals and now their children are dying and in such escalating numbers that many fear that life in the village may be rapidly approaching an end.

In a world growing ever hotter, Huancavelica is an anomaly. These communities, living at the edge of what is possible, face extinction because of increasingly cold conditions in their own microclimate, which may have been altered by the rapid melting of the glaciers.

A consequence is that Quechua-speaking farmers and their families, who have managed to subsist for centuries at high altitude, believe they may not make it through the next southern winter.

Read that again.  Focus on that second paragraph.  Tell me that doesn't sound like her lunacy was conflicting with reason and reality?

"In a world growing even hotter..."  Except that it isn't.  The world has seen a cooling trend over the last decade and some say since 1985.  And, if the world is growing hotter, then wouldn't that also affect microclimates?   And, this author, along with many other believers in man-made global, warming should be PUSHING for global warming.  For with a warmer world, people like this can find their lives eased, longer growing seasons, and milder winters.  That would be a good thing, right? 

If these people are facing "extinction" then wouldn't it behove them to move down the mountain to warmer climates where living is easier?  Or, are they prevented from saving their own lives?

A hotter world leads to colder, deadlier climates?

Also note that she manages to tie in the melting of glaciers in her story.  But, not in a logical reasoned sense.  According to her educated research and studied findings, the increasing freezing temps are in part due to "... the rapid melting of glaciers."

Forgive my ignorance, but glaciers melt from a variety of reasons including atmospheric warming, reduced snowfall, or increased subsurface heating.  But, I have never heard of glacial melting due to reducing temperatures.

There have been warnings from meteorologists in Peru that this month will see the Huancavelica region hit by the worst weather conditions in years with plunging temperatures, floods and high winds. The weather is already claiming lives; last month seven people died and scores were treated in hospital after torrential rain caused flash flooding in Ayacucho, the capital of the neighbouring region.

The cold is tipping Pichccahuasi into a spiralling decline brought on by pneumonia, bronchitis and hunger.

Although designed to withstand the cold, Huamani's house is crumbling and his roof, half-collapsed from the snowstorms that battered the village last June and July, offers scant protection from the freezing wind and rain.

Yes.  Global Warming would be very bad for these people.  Makes you wonder how they survived the Little Ice Age of the 1970's?!?! 

Are we now going to be seeing Global Freezing stories again?  Drudge is already ahead of the curve in that regard highlighting global freezing stories the world over.

Or, are we going to start seeing stories similar to this one claiming global freezing while the Earth continues to burn?

  #EnvironMental


Comments:

#1 Donkeyrock 06-Jan-2010

Y'all should put http://wattsupwiththat.com in your reader, too. Good info.

And, of course, the global warming has hit us hard here in central Florida:

Lakeland, FL morning temperature on January 4th 2010

#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 06-Jan-2010

I could've sworn WUWT was already in the list. Weird!

I've added it again. Hopefully Drupal will list it when it clears from the cache sometime between now and next year...

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