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Re: [nafex] cold winter and global warming

These thoughts are most disturbing...
Climate records are very recent (maybe a 100 years or so). No one really knows whether the climate is really getting warmer, and if so warmer as compare to what? Let us beware of jumping on the band wagon caused by insidious propaganda. The conditions on this planet are ever changing, the climate being but only a small aspect. Is there a point to worrying about it?
It seems to me that humans are most of all irresponsible, disrespectful and shortsighted in their treatment of the environment, particularly at this time in history after having achieve numerous means to effect changes without due understanding of consequences... in the name primarily of progress and profit. There are limits to this approach and, yes, a price to pay. It is an inescapable law, that the pendulum do come back.
Kyoto Summit and the likes on global warming seem mostly for the show. In fact, it is a demonstration of broken promises and very little results. A poor demonstration of good will.The other side of the coin to international trade agreements, where alas you find real determination, not necessarily for the betterment of mankind.
Let us not be distracted from doing the best we can, today, within our reach for the joy of our small cosmos.
Let us plant a tree!
Hélène Dessureault
-----Message d'origine-----
De : Gordon C. Nofs <gcnofs@hotmail.com>
À : nafex@egroups.com <nafex@egroups.com>
Date : lundi 15 janvier 2001 22:50
Objet : Re: [nafex] cold winter

The same global warming we had back around the 1928s, My childhood days?
These hot and cold spells are not new, They were even around early 1900s. So
the records show.       Gordon

Just a note to clarify an earlier thread. Yes, you would expect these
extreme cold spells as a result of global warming.

Global warming is not a misnomer--the earth really is heating up overall.
But it can be a misleading term since the result is not noticeable warmth
overall. (The most significant temperature aspect is warmer night lows, and
some regions will experience overall cooling.) The prime indicator of global
warming is temperature extremes and sudden fluctuations and more severe
weather more often, hence the other and perhaps more useful term for global
warming, "climate change."

I believe Nafexers can be very significant in addressing climate change
(fruit trees being the most touchy crop becaue they take a long time to
grow--they are"stuck" as a crop, unlike say cabbage). We can learn about it,
work to prevent it in asmuch as humans, particularly Americans, are its
cause, and experiment with new tress in new areas and with tress that can
take weather extremes. (For this reason I have planted jujubes and also some
varieties outside my current zone recommendations. I also vote in ways that
appear obviously more likely to be constructive than others and try to share
information.) The David Suzuki website ifrom Canada s helpful for deeper
understanding and action suggestions.

I very much appreciate reading the careful regional observations of Doreen
and others.

Katy Meigs
Jolon at Last Farm
Central California
USDA Zone 8/9

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