The wildly contrasting weather of 2012 made it a dismal year for food production. And the Norfolk Farming Conference later this month will hear that our changing climate could bring yet more challenges for the region’s farmers in future – but also some opportunities.

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From drought to deluge, and from snowfalls to floods... even by its own fickle standards, the British weather set a new benchmark for unpredictably during 2012, making life extremely difficult for East Anglia’s farmers.

Prayers for rain to revive arid soils after an 18-month drought were finally answered in spring, but the over-zealous cloudburst took us from one extreme to the other, and into one of the wettest summers on record.

It was a disastrous combination for staple crops like wheat and vegetables, with fields flooded, crops washed out and yields damaged.

And the vagaries of our weather are expected to become even more pronounced in future, with climate change predictions suggesting winters becoming wetter and summers becoming drier.

That could present a host of obvious challenges to agricultural productivity – but it could also bring some new opportunities.

The impacts of climate change, and the roles which new technology and science will play in the future of food production, will be among the topics discussed at the Norfolk Farming Conference in Norwich on 21 February.

Speakers will include Dr Clare Goodess, a senior researcher at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, who will outline the challenges of the changing weather.

She said there have been a series of “statistically significant” trends recorded in the East of England between 1961 and 2006, including a 1.8C increase in mean daily maximum temperature, and a steady reduction in the number of frost days.

Predictions from Defra-funded UK Climate Projections (UKCP09) see those trends continuing into the future, with a projected average temperature rise of another 2C by the 2050s, punctuated with an increase of up to 8C in the hottest summer day and more severe rainfall events in winter.

But while drier summers would increase demand for irrigation water, and wetter winters could increase flood risks, Dr Goodess said the potentially-damaging effects of a warmer climate could be partly mitigated by positive changes in wheat and sugar beet yields, and opportunities to grow new crops.

Meanwhile it is thought that increased concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) could aid photosynthesis, the process through which plants convert CO2, water and sunlight into chemical energy for growth.

Dr Goodess’s suggestions were echoed by Bill Clark, commercial technical director at NIAB (the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, based in Cambridge), who will also be addressing the conference.

He said: “That’s certainly the case with sugar beet yields. It’s the main reason why sugar beet yields have been going up in the last 10 or 20 years.

“If growers sow too early the seedlings are exposed to these low temperatures and produce a flower head and not a root, so you don’t get any yield from that plant.

“If it is warmer in spring then you can sow earlier and the risk of it going to seed or bolting is reduced. Sugar beet is a very simple crop. The more it intercepts light, the higher the yield – so the earlier you can establish it, the higher the yields.

“Climate change is a very positive thing for sugar beet, but for other crops it is a very mixed picture. One of the things we have been concerned about is the effect of very high temperatures on flowering in wheat.

“One of our targets is to look at varieties with heat tolerance. It usually means bringing the flowering period forward so it flowers before the very high temperatures. But that can then shorten the grain-filling period. It is not black and white, as is so often the case when you are talking about climate change.

“In general, climate change for arable crops overall will have an overall negative effect. That is in a situation where we are talking about global food insecurity and where, particularly in Europe, we are talking about trying to increase yields against a backdrop of European legislation forcing yields down.

“If climate change works against us it will be very difficult to maintain yields, even at the level they are at the moment. We are running to stand still.”

Mr Clark said many of the difficulties facing the region’s agriculture were linked to agronomic and technological factors – but, in one of the driest regions of the country, the potential for increasing yields would always be governed by the availability of water.

“Wheat yields have been static for 15 years on farms,” he said. “One of the factors is whether growers are actually growing the highest-yielding varieties. There are some very high-yielding varieties, but farmers don’t always grow the newest ones – they grow the ones they are comfortable with, and the ones they know how to grow.

“Farms are also getting bigger and so it becomes slightly more difficult to maintain individual crops. The bigger the farm, the wider the range of inputs of phosphates and nitrogen. It is very difficult for large farms to optimise their timings for anything.

“In trials we can do that, so yields are going up in trials – but they are not going up on farms.

“The difference between a very high yielding crop and a good crop is often timing more than anything. From an agronomic point of view, optimising inputs is a real challenge, but even if you optimise all your inputs, yields will still not go up quickly enough.

“To grow a 10-tonne crop of wheat, which is not unusual per hectare of good land, that crop needs 500mm of water per year. So it takes half a tonne of water per square metre to produce 1kg of wheat.

“If you want to double your yields from 10 tonnes to 20 tonnes you need twice as much water, 1,000mm per year, and we don’t get anything like that in the East.

“So the answer is not just genetics. High-yielding crops cannot be the answer on their own, because we don’t have enough water. We would need to change the way a crop uses water.

“A combination of plant breeding and agronomic research should allow farmers to raise yields well above those currently achieved.

“But it is a complex scenario, especially in places like East Anglia where water is the limiting factor.”

UEA climate researcher Dr Goodess said the unpredictable weather of the last year was at odds with the recorded annual trends.

“We had a very dry winter with drought conditions in spring, followed by a very wet summer, so what has happened over the last year is very different to the seasonal pattern of dry summers and wet winters,” she said.

“Making sure we capture the winter rainfall is going to be essential in future so that it is available during the summer. It could be that if fields are going to be too wet for winter and autumn sowing, then you might be looking a changing the time of year when you are working the ground.

“The bottom line is that the threats and the negative opportunities seem to outweigh the positive. There will be decreases in frost days which could potentially have a negative impact on some types of agriculture. There is a potential negative impact for those crops that need a cold period before dormancy can be broken, there could be a potential negative impact for some types of fruit, for example. “Also, there is concern that more pests are surviving winter and not being killed off by frost.”

Prof Dale Sanders, director of the John Innes Centre, which is hosting the Norfolk Farming Conference, will give delegates an insight into the centre’s latest plant science research and the benefits it could bring to the agricultural community.

He said: “Instead of struggling with yield grains of half a percent, can we jump to five percent and more? Can we do this at the same time as reducing pollution and agriculture’s contribution to global warming, while also adapting crops to the extremes of weather wrought by climate change?

“Science can help achieve goals that seem impossibly conflicting. What we achieve in the UK can inspire and benefit farmers, breeders and researchers the world over.”

The Norfolk Farming Conference will take place in the John Innes Conference Centre at Colney, from 8.30am to 3.45pm, on February 21.

The annual event, organised by Anglia Farmers (AF) and supported by the EDP, will welcome delegates from across East Anglia and expert speakers from around the world

This year’s theme will be “The Norfolk Farming Conference Goes Global” – a discussion about Norfolk’s role in world agriculture, and the lessons it can learn from the policy regimes and climate challenges being faced in other countries.

Other central topics will include the impact of climate change and the ongoing EU negotiations over Common Agricultural Policy reforms.

AF chief executive Clarke Willis said: “Our line-up of expert speakers will give delegates an insight into the latest research which is being carried out to provide farmers with the knowledge they need to stay one step ahead.”

For ticket bookings, contact 01603 881803 or email helen.bibby@angliafarmers.co.uk.

For more information, visit www.norfolkfarmingconference.org. The official Twitter hashtag for the event will be #nfc2013.

55 comments

  • nrg: ... " D'oh!!! nowhere in the article does it blurb such twaddle madame...." Oh yes it does...try reading the comments section in which the author of the report says exactly what i claim. And Norton , we know you like to create a " personality " for your trolls but give us a rest from the juvenile speak of...peeps , bods , big up , tis , der , dem etc etc, .Try speaking the Queen's English.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I bet when you put your bigknickers out on the line the neighbours think there has been an eclipse of the sun. " ... temperatures have varied since the beginning of time ..". Of course they have , but that was over thousands of years. Not before over time scales measured in decades. This warming can be linked to co2 emissions , there is no serious doubt about it. On the subject of warming....Why do Essex girls wear knickers? To keep their ankles warm!

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Der Queens English is not applicable to fine old footballing punk rockers like myself...as Poly once said.. Oh bondage, up yours!!!! rip Poly

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • biglingers ***larson - I couldn't improve on 'backwoodsmans' comments ***. Bigknickers....i can't tell you how upset i am to read that.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Looking at those released emails, the peeps from the uea had shed loads of cash chucked at her...follow the money never fails.

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    nrg

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • So tell us how The Club of Rome ( Lazio ?) caused sea temperatures to rise and the ice to melt. No...don't bother.You couldn't win an argument with a corpse , although it would probably smell better after you've had a skin full. Now off you go and spend the hours into the early morning visiting all the news stories on here trying to find someone to wind up , don't forget keep your book of trolls and their passwords handy. You need to get a life. Or a therapist . Or a blow up doll. Anything to take your mind of your incessant cyber trolling. G'day

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • I even said it twice-apparently!

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    backwoodsman

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • "...why is it nrg can mention horse meat and Romania but I am censored? ". Simple. Archant are cosily with certain news aspects and they must not be criticised at any cost, for fear of upsetting the relationship and censors. They are Foreign articles, C.Smith, UEA, UEA Climate change. These are the main ones. Perhaps getting rid of the staff and putting the redundant NOTW staff in their place, would make these areas wonder what the hell had hit them. They would certainly rip the useless UEA and people like Goodess to shreads.

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    "V"

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • "Dr Clare Goodess, a senior researcher at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia," Ha. Yet another UEA non jobber trying to justify their funding and existance. Get a job in the real world, not your fantasy one Goodess !

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    "V"

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Well backwoodsman, aren't you the lucky one. My comment didn't make it through even once.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • And Larson, if this is the end of an interglacial it is to be expected that Africa will warm- temperatures and rainfall, sea levels, forestation and desertification in different parts of the globe have been changing all through the Holocene. Do some reading.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Der link between the fake mmgw and horse meat is simples...the reduction of horses means less methane and co2 emissions , culling many of them was a condition of eu membership...lots and lots of meat...enter the romanian del boy mafia.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • What a buffoon you are nrg ( aka you know who ) , you have no idea what you are talking about ....your drunken postings serve only to disrupt threads and wind people up as you have nothing else to occupy your addled brain. Apart from the postings of the dozen other trolls you bombard this forum with . I don't know why i bother , but it's just possible some half wit might believe what you say. So... ** "its inadmissible evidence based on conclusion from computer models,..**. Complete cobblers of course. Its based on data contained in ices drilled from Greenland, and in sediments drilled from the ocean floor and from continental lakes. Its based on air bubbles trapped in ice . Its based on the amount of magnesium in the shells of ancient sea creatures and a dozen other physical measurements. Still what can we expect from the man who claimed the Chilean miners were never trapped underground

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • What a buffoon you are nrg ( aka you know who ) , you have no idea what you are talking about ....your drunken postings serve only to disrupt threads and wind people up as you have nothing else to occupy your addled brain. Apart from the postings of the dozen other trolls you bombard this forum with . I don't know why i bother , but it's just possible some half wit might believe what you say. So... ** "its inadmissible evidence based on conclusion from computer models,..**. Complete cobblers of course. Its based on data contained in ices drilled from Greenland, and in sediments drilled from the ocean floor and from continental lakes. Its based on air bubbles trapped in ice . Its based on the amount of magnesium in the shells of ancient sea creatures and a dozen other physical measurements. Still what can we expect from the man who claimed the Chilean miners were never trapped underground

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • you silly sausage, the funding is the proof of pudding, dirty warmist money...follow the money is always the winner...simples, even for those who suffer from the hard of thinking.

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    nrg

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • larson 'old' girl - you are a typical global warming fanatic - can't see beyond the end of your nose!

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • After visiting the pay wall where these papers are available, I decided that the $150 would be better spent in the pub over the weekend, after all its inadmissible evidence based on conclusion from computer models,inputted by another warmist thingy....not forgetting Dr Jeremy Shakun work was funded by the very warmist camp or otherwise known as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate and Global Change Fellowship...Turkeys voting out xmas springs to mind.

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    nrg

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Larson-refer to the last sentence of my comment. My temperature may well go up and down, but overall it will average out. Scaremongering for whatever agenda you happen to have this week will achieve nothing. Apart from having more people agree with the last sentence of my original comment.

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    backwoodsman

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • how do you know?- are you an essex global warming airhead?

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • "This is a conspiracy against the public," Paterson said....horse meat and mmgw nuff said.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Double D'oh miss Larson, comments on any page can be from anyone....I've now got my professor Jones head on for commenting..."I made it all up for the money"

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Larson-refer to the last sentence of my comment. My temperature may well go up and down, but overall it will average out. Scaremongering for whatever agenda you happen to have this week will achieve nothing. Apart from having more people agree with the last sentence of my original comment.

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    backwoodsman

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Daisy Boots ***why.. is it now the mantra of climate scientists that CO2 rises precede warming? " ***. A 2012 study by Shakun et al. looked at temperature changes 20,000 years ago (the last glacial-interglacial transition) from around the world and added more detail to our understanding of the CO2-temperature change relationship. They found that: The Earth's orbital cycles trigger the initial warming (starting approximately 19,000 years ago), which is first reflected in the the Arctic. This Arctic warming caused large amounts of ice to melt, causing large amounts of fresh water to flood into the oceans. This influx of fresh water then disrupted the Atlantic Ocean circulation, in turn causing a seesawing of heat between the hemispheres. The Southern Hemisphere and its oceans warmed first, starting about 18,000 years ago. The warming Southern Ocean then released CO2 into the atmosphere starting around 17,500 years ago, which in turn caused the entire planet to warm via the increased greenhouse effect. Overall, about 90% of the global warming occurred AFTER the CO2 increase. Do some reading Daisy ole girl.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • I do believe (I have no scientific proof yet) that the only person appearing to be throwing their toys out the pram and getting all wound up, is you my dear.

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    nrg

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • you say i have secretary ( I don't need knicker elasic - i've got you!!) odd the BBC have edited the programme -after you they must be the biggest global warming fans! when will you get real and get the message? temperatures have varied since the begiining of time (is that where you come from?) no i don't, i know my parenthood and can prove it!!

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Could we be moving to a more central European climate, somewhere like Romania for example? When so much land becomes unsuitable for traditional agriculture, farmers could seize this opportunity and remove the need to import horse meat. I suspect the government would be supportive of such a move if the ridiculous response to the current "scandal" by Environment Secretary Owen Patterson, looking very shifty when questioned today, is anything to go by. He made it clear the govt will not move to ban imports, once again putting British producers at a disadvantage, and blamed it on EU laws, the same laws which do not prevent other countries banning imports from the UK whenever there are health scares here. In fact one has to wonder just how long this has been going on - we only "discovered" the situation courtesy of the Irish Food Standards Agency. Although consumers may find the idea distasteful, looking for cheap alternatives is a part of "all being in it together". Why only last week I had to settle for Sterlet after a run on Beluga. It may be news to many but it is perfectly legal in the UK to slaughter horses for human consumption so long as they have a valid passport. The system of horse passports is, however, widely acknowledged to be ineffective. More than 75 organisations are able to issue them, making it very hard for officials and horse dealers to authenticate them. There has also been concerned for some time about the scale of the trade in horses which on the face of it appears to be very low value. Transporting them at considerable cost between countries appears to make no economic sense unless some hidden criminal activity is involved, yet the number of horses shipped between countries has more than doubled in the last few years. It's an obvious way for supermarkets and manufacturers of processed garbage meals to covertly cash in. Already every year in the UK, several thousand horses are slaughtered absolutely legally and their carcases exported to Europe. So maybe some entrepreneur has found a way to increase profits, no one would be surprised. It is like the BSE scandal all over again.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • LEW, as 'THEY' have deleted my comment for being offensive (presumably for not agreeing with you) let me rephrase myself. Anyone who takes the last 14 years as a yardstick out of the previous 4.5 billion, is super intelligent and a wonderfully educated and brilliant environMENTALIST. PS climate is not necessarily about temperature. So your analogy, although thoughtfully considered, is flawed.

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    backwoodsman

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Well , it seems whoever runs this madhouse at Archant Towers is quite happy to see it taken over by Norton's trolls while blocking the comments of everyone else.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • biglingers, madame Larson always reverts to calling anyone he disagrees with or loses in a argument to as norton....I'm afraid you've now joined the club...footnote today.. is that old Larson always loses to me over everything.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • biglingers: ***well,well,well madame larson..****. Yep....its John Norton again.He always gives the game away. And he appears to be in a frenzy of excitement this pm.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • nrg: ".....google... Evidence of continued climate change for thousands of years... Walesonline.co.uk...." . I did . This is what the report's author says : " Most scientist agree that in addition to natural climate cycles, human activities are currently affecting our climate...". So nothing new then. And nothing new about John Norton's Troll Army being on the march.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • More taxpayers money being wasted on the myth of 'global warming'. get real

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    biglingers

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • We're all gonna fry,drown and freeze our butts off like we did before.....this little golden nugget has had not much attention from the warmist freaks over at the dome of doom....peeps google Evidence of continued climate change for thousands of years..www.walesonline.co.uk

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    nrg

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • backwoodsman :".......Larson-refer to the last sentence of my comment. My temperature may well go up and down, but overall it will average out...". Wrong again. It might not average out . It may kill you due to the processes going on in your body that caused it to rise. Beneath your loud mouthed bluster you don't have much of a clue do you ? Pyrexia , like global warming and the Earth , is an indication that there is something wrong with your body and , like global warming , it may prove fatal. Keep on trolling Norton !

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Back on track and clearing out the fakers of mmgw.....just wondering why Dr Clare Goodess weather thingy stops at 2006 ? methinks the last 6 years of very cold winters and drab summers don't fit their computer models and they're having to revert back to fiction, instead of facing up to real data which is freely available to see or be currently observed in this country...hence the this from the end of the fiction blurb..", and the lessons it can learn from the policy regimes and climate challenges being faced in other countries."

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    nrg

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • D'oh!!! nowhere in the article does it blurb such twaddle madame..other than the comments thingy which is open to anyone for adding their point...nice try, but another failed attempt by the heshe thingy.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • biglingers : "...larson 'old' girl blah blah ...". Looks like another day of frantic trolling from Norton , how does he find the time ? How does he remember all the different passwords ? Must employ a secretary to do the spade work. Bigknickers has had his say....more trolls will follow.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • The Romanian 'president' who took his country into the eu club, is now banged up on corruption charges with links to their mafia.However, he's planning to buy his release anytime soon.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • nrg :...." ...footnote today... " .The footnote today is that as old J Norton has already admitted on another forum that he is nrg , one can only imagine therefore the mental turmoil going on in his head that he cannot now remember who he is . He is currently posting under so many names each day with such frenzy i fear his head may explode. Do the decent thing Archant and bar him for a few weeks so he can receive Gaza stye rehab. I will set the ball rolling by offering 5 quid towards his Priory Clinic fees.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • why is it nrg can mention horse meat and Romania but I am censored?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • " The world is warming up and that's a fact" coo, its just a shame that this warmth never makes it to dear old Blighty, I and many others would gladly welcome the end of winter fuel bills and the annual cull of 25,000 pensioners due to cold related illnesses.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I have been researching farming methods and have a modelconcept that ticks most of the boxes above, but land now is too expensive to buy and attempt my research in UK, and I can't even go to the show due to the ticket prices..Oh well.

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    WTH

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • We're all gonna fry,drown and freeze our butts off like we did before.....this little golden nugget has had not much attention from the warmist twits over at the dome of doom....peeps google Evidence of continued climate change for thousands of years..walesonline.co.uk

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    nrg

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Time to trot this fantastic snippet from the UN's no1 environmental think tank.."The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, WE CAME UP with the idea that pollution, the tTHREAT of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself." - Club of Rome, premier environmental think-tank, consultants to the United Nations

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    nrg

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • " There is no 'Climate change', there is just climate." Congratulations on that corker. No doubt if a doctor told you that your temperature was raised you would put him in his place by announcing ..." Impossible , there can be no such thing as temperature change...there is just temperature . " And what matters is not what happened billions of years ago but what is going on now.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • larson - I couldn't improve on 'backwoodsmans' comments - fits you to a 't'!

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    biglingers

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • 'Attenborough climate claim is cut by BBC' - two of climate change biggest supporters! ma larson - your in a hole - why do you persist in digging yourself deeper

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Treble D'oh!!! Larson old girl...many folk would own up to my school of thought...but that don't mean they're the real deal...thinks some peeps are playing mind games with you...tis not that hard after all...psy ops, another new normal.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • backwoodsman :"........ My temperature may well go up and down, but overall it will average out...". Wrong again. It might not average out . It may kill you due to the processes going on in your body that caused it to rise. Beneath your loud mouthed bluster you don't have much of a clue do you ? Pyrexia , like global warming and the Earth , is an indication that there is something wrong with your body and , like global warming , it may prove fatal. Good job internet trolling is not fatal eh Norton ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • MMGW causes horse meat burgers, big up for the EU and the Romanian Mafia farmers.

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    nrg

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • "..... myth of 'global warming ....".. Each of the last 12 years (2001–2012) appears in the list of the warmest 14 years on record , the sea temperature is rising , sea levels are rising , the poles are melting , the glaciers are melting ( yes .....including the Himalayas ) , extreme weather events increasing worldwide etc etc. Now who is going to be the first idiot to claim there has been no warming since 1998 ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • bigknickers.....plenty of room for Norton in them no doubt. Africa is warming up . no one denies it , Attenborough gave the top figure of 3.5 C degrees rise...he should of given the average rise ( which of course would be lower ). No big deal. The world is warming up and that's a fact. Where do you get your knicker elastic from ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • 1961 seems a strange place to start from-takes in one very cold winter and a few coolish ones in the 60s. Why not start from 1950? Or 1900? Surely there was accurate measuring going on then?Or was it a bit too warm in the Twenties to give a nice graph to back up their claims? I once read about a farm diary kept over a very long period from Georgian to Victorian times and the only exceptional thing about the weather was that it was not the same twice running. We dont have consistent continental weather in the UK so that we can say this year and next year and the years after we will need drought resistant beet or spring barley for instance. The development of spuds that do not need irrigating is good in a market where supermarkets demand perfection-but not needed in the years when all potatoes stand rotting in the fields . Weather adaptive crops may be better for other parts of the world, they would be better working on better wheat bulb fly resistance and crops that need lower inputs. The last thing we should be worrying about is food productions contribution to global warming-there are many other contributions to be reduced before the essentials.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Wrong wrong Larson Why when geologists find that CO2 rises followed warming in other warming episodes is it now the mantra of climate scientists that CO2 rises precede warming? They can't prove that CO2 has caused warming and they know it-the sea warms up during a natural inter glacial warming episode and CO2 is released

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, February 15, 2013

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