The Weather/Climate crisis is Underdone not Overdo
W G 02/15/2012 @ 2:56pm
Focus on climate, not weather. Weather is rain today. Climate is what is happening in our atmosphere and its affects on many things, including weather.
We are at nearly 400 parts per million CO2 in our atmosphere today because of 7 billion humans on the planet and places like India and China forging ahead to develop. The affect of green house gas like CO2 on climate and weather is old science, well documented in human and earth records. The phenomena has been understood for over 100 years, certain opinion media people's ideas aside.
350 parts CO2 per million in our atmosphere is the acceptable max. We are moving up non-stop and are in the danger zone, soon passing 400 ppm. Loss of most of the Russian wheat crop last year is but one consequence. Floods, big hurricanes, droughts abound world wide. Heat records are being broken globally every year.
Agriculture needs truth and facts. Science is the best guide and nearly all climate scientists (97-98%) agree man's CO2 emissions are causing a highly dangerous situation on earth. All academies of science in all countries concur. Agriculture needs to get behind curbing CO2 - a huge and difficult task - but its results will spell out the future of the industry. If failure is ahead, agriculture will suffer first and most.
We must go by established science and facts. Leave the opinion talkers to discuss their skewed ideas for their own business - opinion and getting viewers and listeners.
The possible perfect storm
CHRISTOPHER LEHNER 02/02/2012 @ 7:11am
US farmers need and truly want bad weather across the globe in order to sell the crops stored from last years harvest. They wanted to sell $8.00/bushel corn because corn was being delivered on contracts for $4.00/bushel from the previous year.
Knowing full well that South American farmers planted additional acres this year and unlike the previous year Russia and surrounding countries are taking market share, US farmers can't wait to read of problems in other parts of the world. Now, they are hoping cold weather in Russia will push up prices. However, all they need to do is look at a weather map and see the worst of the weather is not in the main growing areas of Russia and Ukraine. It has been very cold but it is winter in those areas. Our mild winter has made their weather seem much worse.
With the massive amount of corn now stored, US farmers may be headed for a calamity with the collision of three combined sales. What will happen when US producers sell old crop at the same time South American grain is being harvested and delivered and combine panic selling of new crop? Will US farmers hold old crop into next year and hold new crop?
It appears an economic storm is on the horizon. But there will still be hope of what assumed bad weather will do thousands of miles from the Midwest.
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