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The National Trust Wants You To Emit Greenhouse Gases

Attack of the Killer Orange Groves? The Day of The Palm Triffids? London’s California Horror?

Apart from being scientifically flawed in the extreme (with an ocean next door, one should compare Britain to Portugal, not Sicily or Greece), the latest attempt by the National Trust to “highlight how gardens will look if global warming brings Mediterranean weather to Britain in the next few decades” might turn into a PR disaster.

People are spending thousands of pounds every year to get from Britain to somewhere sunny, and the thought of having it all at home might as well entice a good increase in GHG emissions…

National Trust: Britain today

National Trust: Heavenly (?) Britain today

National Trust: Britain today

National Trust: Hellish (??) Britain +2C

National Trust: Britain today

National Trust: Hellish (????) Britain +4C

Notably, Monbiot himself made a similar point a few weeks ago

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  1. 2010/03/26 at 10:09

    Notice the one wind farm and one solar panel on the roof in the +2 degC scenario, and the two wind farms and the two solar panels on the +4 degC scenario Need to follow the link to see the pictures in better detail). What’s that got to do with warming?

    Having to replace lawn with gravel is ridiculous: for drier, warmer conditions all that’s required is a different type of lawn grass, such as meadow grass. Anyway, where did they get the idea from that warmer climes mean less rain? Frankly, these artists impressions are just poppycock.

    • 2010/03/26 at 10:37

      SFT – You’re disappointing me. You must know by now that AGW can explain anything that is ever going to happen (snow in July like blistering heat in January, rain and drought, tornadoes and calm air). Therefore why should artists feel any restriction? Whatever they’ll think of the future, it’s going to be consistent with AGW.

  2. 2010/03/25 at 22:48

    Oh Geoff, you had to spoil the nice picture. There was I imagining enjoying my retirement in the hot dry London climate, sheltering from the torrid English sun under a wide sombrero, a glass of red wine from the vineyards of Hammersmith and Fulham to hand… Water vapour? The sort of thing that leads to downpours, chilly overcast days and the odd epic snow shower? I’m disappointed.

    Maurizio, apparently yes(!) according to these articles.
    Either it could shorten the days:
    http://www.physorg.com/news97780718.html
    or it might lengthen them:
    http://archives.cnn.com/2002/TECH/space/02/13/earth.gas/
    or it might keep them worryingly the same!

    • 2010/03/26 at 01:06

      Alex – Somebody should organise the Global Warming Web Olympics, where random claims are made and the winners are the first ones that finds the related peer-reviewed articles somewhere in the ‘net.

      Is AGW behind the increase in autism cases?

  3. geoff chambers
    2010/03/25 at 20:30

    Those forecasting orange groves forget that the sun will be no higher in the sky. There will probably be less sunshine due to water vapour. Not Portugal or Greece. More like a sauna with a nice draught coming in under the door.

    • 2010/03/25 at 21:41

      Geoff – I am sure AGW will shift Earth axis too.

      • JimD
        2010/03/26 at 07:46

        No problem growing citrus in the UK under cover at present – the Eden Project demonstrates this well. If orange groves thrive under the ETFE domes there, open air light levels will be more than adequate.

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    2010/03/25 at 19:39

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    Keep smiling! 🙂

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