Stonehenge At Risk From Bugs Bunny!
By Paul Homewood
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.