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Stonehenge At Risk From Bugs Bunny!

May 31, 2016
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By Paul Homewood

   

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http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/world-heritage-tourism-sites-climate-change-risks#.V01lp74wJ60

 

As well as neolithic monuments being at risk from a non existent sea level rise, the Union of Concerned Socialists Scientists reckon that Stonehenge is at risk from warm winters and rabbits. This is despite the fact it has managed to withstand all that the weather has managed to throw at it for thousands of years, including the MWP and LIA.  

   

 

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Let’s start by looking at the “warmer winters” myth, and analyse the historical temperature record at Oxford, which has quality data back to 1853, and is just an hour’s drive away.

 

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/pub/data/weather/uk/climate/stationdata/oxforddata.txt

 

Certainly it is the case that last winter was the warmest on record, due to a very mild December, but the next warmest was 1869. Otherwise, there has been nothing remarkable about winter temperatures at all.

Maybe that is why the rabbit population in Britain is lower now than it was in the 1920s, according to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

 

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http://www.gwct.org.uk/research/long-term-monitoring/national-gamebag-census/mammal-bags-comprehensive-overviews/rabbit

 

They explain the rapid increase since the 1950s:

A cyclic trend persisted until the onset of the Second World War, then gave way to a marked decline until the 1950s. A crash in population numbers followed the advent of myxomatosis in 1953. There was only a partial recovery thereafter, to bag sizes roughly half of what they were at the beginning of the 20th century. For a more detailed interpretation of the long-term trend and its historical context, please click here.

 

But what about rainfall?

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/pub/data/weather/uk/climate/stationdata/oxforddata.txt

 

According to the Met Office data, there is no evidence that rainfall is increasing, or indeed doing anything untoward.

And as for the claim that “extreme rainfall events” are increasing, this is just another of those myths peddled around by those who are too lazy to check the facts or prefer to ignore them.

Even though daily data is only available from the Radcliffe Observatory since 1931, it is clear that such a claim is nonsense:  

 

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http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/research/climate/rms/intro.html

 

 

This is all just another example of the sort of politically motivated, junk science we are all too used to seeing from the Union of Concerned Scientists.   

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2016 6:08 pm

    Thanks for your humorous report on modern “science” and nonexistent threats to humanity.

  2. Broadlands permalink
    May 31, 2016 6:08 pm

    Obviously, we just don’t understand that it is not what has happened in the past that’s important or relevant, it’s what the models predict will be, could be, might be “likely” to devastate us all.

    Winters in the US have been trending colder since 1998, as have the entire years.

    • Roger Cole permalink
      June 1, 2016 5:52 pm

      One can not search for a trend without considering past data. As for models, especially for something with as many variables as climate, the less said the better, except that not one has yet proven even nearly accurate.

      • June 2, 2016 12:21 pm

        When Michael Mann found the “past trends” of the Medieval Warming and Little Ice Age, a barrier to his “hockey stick curve”, he just eliminated them from trend history. Problem solved.

  3. May 31, 2016 6:12 pm

    The greatest threat to humanity: Falsehoods disguised as “consensus science!”

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Solar_Energy_published.pdf

  4. Terbreugghen permalink
    May 31, 2016 6:15 pm

    I enjoyed the alarm being sounded for both “hotter drier summers” and “increasing rainfall” with “wetter conditions.” I believe this is an artifact of global warming loonies never being held accountable for claims in the past, so they don’t even notice what they’re saying anymore. We’re just supposed to accept that the hotter drier summers will be filled with increasing rainfall and wetter conditions. Really.

  5. May 31, 2016 6:16 pm

    Question for the Union of Concerned Scientists:

    “Ahhhh, What’s up Doc?”

  6. May 31, 2016 7:04 pm

    Why do we not see newspaper reports saying things like: ” Foolish scientists predictions of doom costing billions and thousands of long-term jobs”, ” Mad scientist predict widespread global flooding, while sea levels ignore them”, ” silly medics and met-men predict warm summers will kill thousands, while all evidence proves the opposite case”???

    These “concerned scientists” are not very concerned about reality.

  7. Billy Liar permalink
    May 31, 2016 8:09 pm

    The whole report is tripe. Stonehenge is not going to fall down however many bunnies, moles badgers and prairie dogs there are in Wiltshire.

    The stones have been ‘restored’ (set in concrete) in 1901, 1920, 1951 and 1963. More excavation has been done by archaeologists than will ever be achieved by bunnies.

    Stonehenge sits on a chalk hill. The whole of Salisbury Plain is chalk. Stonehenge will never be flooded because chalk soaks up water like a sponge.

    Silbury and Avebury flooded because they sit on the alluvial and river terrace deposits of the adjacent river.

    There is no river adjacent to Stonehenge.

    http://mapapps.bgs.ac.uk/geologyofbritain/home.html

    Oh, BTW, the pig farm on the other side of the road which totally erased the ‘stabilising grassland’ of its enclosure did not seem to cause a soil erosion problem.

  8. May 31, 2016 8:26 pm

    The entire report is silly. Mesa Verde, Stonehenge, Statue of Liberty, all of it. Delusional that UNEP and UCS think anyone who is sentient could take it seriously. Smacks of growing desperation as the public wakes up to the fact none of their predictions have come true, and their renewables energy solutions don’t work and are ridiculously expensive.

  9. May 31, 2016 10:06 pm

    Some of the original damage to Stonehenge (fallen or wonky stones) was attributed at least partly to rabbits, if books by ‘experts’ are to be believed.

    The whole area was badly neglected for a long time, but in the last century many of the problems have been fixed or at least brought under control.

  10. AndyG55 permalink
    May 31, 2016 10:53 pm

    Sorry Paul, but Bugs lives in America. I doubt he would make a special trip.

    Maybe its his cousins or something that are threatening the concrete that is holding the Stonehenge pillars up.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      June 1, 2016 8:19 am

      Climate change has caused giant concrete eating rabbits to evolve. You cannot see them because you have negative thoughts, only the pure in heart true believers can see them immediately after taking 1 blue, 2 yellow and 1 red pills washed down with a pint of vodka.

      By the way, how long have rabbits been in England? They’ve been there over two thousand years and not undermined Stonehenge yet, that’s slower than a public servant with sleeping sickness.

  11. May 31, 2016 11:48 pm

    “… the River Kennet overflow[ed] its banks causing floods at both Avebury and Silbury Hill” – Tosh! In order to do that, the River Kennet would need to flow uphill. And it doesn’t go within a mile of Avebury.

    The flooding around the foot of Silbury Hill is a regular (every couple of years or so) occurrence caused by the water table rising higher than the lower parts of the saucer-like depression around the mound from which the soil of the mound itself as excavated by ancient man. It has nothing directly to do with the river.

  12. Sparks permalink
    June 1, 2016 12:59 am

    Stone henge was rebuilt and set in concrete foundations to preserve them years ago, therefore our homes and our entire civilization as a whole must be at risk from Moles and those pesky bunny wabbits, GOD HELP US ALLLLLLLLLL… (cough) LLLL

  13. BLACK PEARL permalink
    June 1, 2016 9:21 am

    Concerned Scientists need to call this guy
    He’ll solve their problem

  14. rwoollaston permalink
    June 1, 2016 11:11 am

    I see they are concerned about moles and badgers as well as rabbits. Introducing a few foxes should sort out the rabbits. In my garden, when a molehill appears, I pee down it which is quite a successful deterrent. I’m sure those of a druidic persuasion could be persuaded to incorporate such an activity into their rituals.

  15. Mark Hodgson permalink
    June 1, 2016 7:54 pm

    Somewhat off topic I know, but the BBC are still at it:

    “Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36420750

    I’m sure you can have some fun ripping to shreds the shoddy journalism contained in this story and the non-sequiturs unquestioningly and unhesitatingly quoted in it from “Christine Lins, who is executive secretary of REN21, an international body made up of energy experts, government representatives and NGOs”.

  16. June 2, 2016 12:25 pm

    In the words of Bugs Bunny, himself, we are dealing with a whole lot of “maroons.”

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