Thursday, May 17, 2007

The paradox of global warming

Thus far, it's been so unseasonably warm for May that I've hardly had to have the heating on at all.

13 comments:

bK said...

. . . the implication that you're using less fuel, so. . .

But it won't make any difference. My google-fu fails me, but basically it's all the accountants' fault. They have to leave lights and heating on in empty buildings to use up their power budget at the end of the financial year.

elsewhere said...

Same here (I mean 'no heater'). And it's often gotten down to 5 C at night here in May in the past.

dany le roux said...

Pav,
I’ve been married and I know that for women generating their own body heat can be a problem especially for those female bits that hurt when they get cold.We men have to leave the cave wearing the most primitive of garments while we kill for food and chase off those upstart Neanderthals who have used up their stock of mammoths by herding them over a cliff because they are too thick to learn to make and use a spear.Lets hope global warming opens up new grasslands where once was snow and our hairy neighbours have dumb animals enough to leave us alone.
Oops,sorry got carried away there for a minute.
I do think it is possible there are too many people on our dying planet and some seem bred specifically to inhabit (suitably heated) shopping malls where the berry picking is especially good all year round.
Hope your post does not attract too many serious technical comments .

Pavlov's Cat said...

You mean that wasn't a serious technical comment?

Pavlov's Cat said...

Oh and bk, please tell me you're joking.

dany le roux said...

I think it was more delerious than serious .
Crikey's first article today says that we are taking advantage of the large numbers of skilled hunters from regions where the game has become scarce and bringing them here so that we can have a more secure food source.
Or so our chief hunter says.He apparently does not want to be known as the Chief who was primarily responsible for these large numbers in times of drought.
Some say that there are not enough caves to accomodate them but I think we have a big country so there must be caves as yet undiscovered.I suppose it is a good idea to help out the overpopulated regions by taking up some of the excess of their reproductive incontinence.
I think it will be a long time before we in this region have a shortage of game animals and an excess of tribes despite our traditional stories telling us how hunting and not climate change was responsible for the disappearance of the megafauna.

BK said...

No Pav, I'm not.

Ah ha! Google-fu returns. First hit for accounts budget lights heating on.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/12/lights_budget/:

"Global warming? There's not the slightest chance of averting it. If it were just a question acting like intelligent beings, and turning down the thermostat when it gets hot outside, we'd have carbon consumption down by 50 per cent in a decade. But what's that got to do with it? We've got a budget... if we don't spend it all, we won't have one next year!"

Bernice said...

Unseasonally warm here too - the currawongs are building nests, the magpies deliriously begging food as are the king parrots, and the number of bees competing for the few flowers still about is obscene.

fifi said...

oh, warm here too!

So warm in fact that the COAT* (* a garment for waring over ones clothes to keep warm, often made of a wool fabric) that I lay-byed has sat in the shop forgotten. The owner just rang. I almost passed out with the idea of wearing it.

Zoe said...

Also unseasonably warm in Canberra, but we going to have to drink water with poo in it because it hasn't rained for so long (except maybe tonight).

tigtog said...

The jonquils were in flower at my parents place last weekend. And the azaleas.

JahTeh said...

Warm and raining in Melbourne and I confess to having the fire on but turned down very very low for the benefit of his geriatric furship.

Anonymous said...

You think bk is joking? Consider the case of people with company cars who get a larger subsidy if they drive it further in a quarter. There are people who literally drive their cars around in circles for a few hours the day before the end of the quarter so as to turn the speedometer over.