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Does Anybody Take The Guardian Seriously?

August 28, 2013

By Paul Homewood

h/t WUWT

 

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jul/19/puffin-numbers-recovery-farne-islands

 

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/23/fears-seabirds-global-warming-affects-coastline

 

Two particular comments stand out

From the first article:-

but with a good nesting habitat secured by us and a plentiful supply of food in the area, numbers have been recovering pretty strongly, which is great news for the puffins and other seabirds."

And from the second:-

their preferred meal of sand eels is disappearing, owing to overfishing and changing ocean temperatures, and in their place a new fish has moved into UK waters that the chicks find indigestible.”

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12 Comments
  1. Joe Public permalink
    August 28, 2013 9:37 am

    Guardian writers??

  2. Brian H permalink
    August 28, 2013 10:14 am

    I was hoping both were written by the same person. No such luck! (;(

  3. August 28, 2013 10:35 am

    it’s a complete newspaper, it reports every news and its opposite

  4. August 28, 2013 10:50 am

    To be fair, the second article is only reporting what the National Trust are saying and I believe it is they who are to blame.

    They were the ones who showed us what our gardens would look like in the future as a result of “global warming”.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1260244/National-Trust-UK-garden-images-effect-global-warming.html

    I believe the N.T. is now full of “climate change” alarmists.

    At the same time, at a N.T. property I know of in the NE, they are destroying a meadow and cutting down trees in order to build a new car park to accommodate more visitors.

    • August 28, 2013 11:08 am

      Good point.

      Interestingly, the first article was based on a census by National Trust rangers working locally.

      It shows the disconnect between people on the ground, and those at the top.

      • August 28, 2013 12:43 pm

        I would agree with that!

  5. August 28, 2013 11:20 am

    The puffin comparison it truly interesting, because there was another story on NPR about a week ago, about puffins, no less, in North America, and how they were suffering because the primary food of the chicks was being driven north. The replacement fish, butterfish, is supposedly too large for the chicks to eat.

    I did a quick search on puffins and climate change, and it appears that they are the poster-animal this summer for climate change. Articles all over the media, in the UK and the US, about puffins and how their chicks are all dying because their preferred food is too big to swallow The arguments all sound similar, like someone wrote one heart-rending press release, with local options to use the preferred fish in North America or in the UK, depending on the target market for the article.

    I wonder if Fenton Communication is behind this…

    • August 28, 2013 12:54 pm

      It is possible that the “replacement fish” is different in different locations but possibly the preferred fish is the sand eel in both cases.

      Of course, while the article says that sand eels are declining due to overfishing and increased sea temperatures, I suspect that overfishing is the main cause.

      Also, while the article mentions problems with the Glanville fritillary butterfly, it generally seems to have been a very good summer for butterflies in the U.K., thanks to warm weather.

  6. roger permalink
    August 28, 2013 3:41 pm

    “and in their place a new fish has moved into UK waters….”
    One of my earliest recollections from childhood is a school outing with net and jar with teacher onto Portchester harbour shore in 1948 and being shown…. several butterfish!
    A moment of research reveals that there are several species described as butterfish worldwide, and they range in size from 5 to 20 inches with varying body profiles.
    The british butterfish attains a length only 1 inch greater than the average British sandeel.
    However it would seem that Gruniad butterfish go from ova to full size mature without interim stages.

  7. John F. Hultquist permalink
    August 28, 2013 3:45 pm

    Regarding rxc’s comment at 11:20

    Who doesn’t like Puffins? I think rx is on to something.

    About 10 +/- years ago I read a short item in a magazine about an annual gathering of editors of magazines for eco-groups where the topic was the up-coming year’s targeted favorite animal. The campaign is set in motion with cover photos and stories and these are fed to the MSM. There is burst of interest about this latest “proof” of the Earth’s demise and guilt is pumped up again. Then a few actual scientists get a word in and that furry/feathered/finned critter is shown not to be bothered by Climate. The Polar bear was hunted with modern equipment – think rifles, air planes, snow mobiles, and folks rich enough to have a mounted one in their den. When such issues were controlled the problem went away. But by then the major eco-publications, the MSM, and the politicians had moved on.

    I have searched for the short article I read years ago but cannot find it. It was about 100 words or less. If someone can confirm that this strategy did or does still exist that would be good.

  8. August 28, 2013 4:15 pm

    Roger “However it would seem that Gruniad butterfish go from ova to full size mature without interim stages.”

    Perhaps Grauniad puffins are meticulous about following EU common fisheries policies and throwing back undersized butterfish.

  9. Brian H permalink
    August 29, 2013 6:36 am

    The Puffins need more help from their traditional symbiotic species, the Huffins. Where are they?

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