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Guardian Panic Because Greenland Is Nearly As Warm As 80 Years Ago!

May 1, 2018

By Paul Homewood


A year ago, the Guardian was panicking about spring arriving early in Greenland:



Spring is arriving ever earlier in the northern hemisphere. One sedge species in Greenland is springing to growth 26 days earlier than it did a decade ago. And in the US, spring arrived 22 days early this year in Washington DC.

The most dramatic changes are observed in the high Arctic, the fastest-warming place on the planet, according to a study in Biology Letters. As the polar sea ice retreats, the growing season gets ever longer and arrives earlier.

The pattern is not consistent: grey willow sticks to its original timetable, and dwarf birch growth has advanced about five days earlier for each decade. But the sedge, almost four weeks ahead of its timetable in a decade, holds the record, according to a study that observed one plot at a field site in west Greenland, 150 miles inland, for 12 years.

“When we started studying this, I never would have imagined we’d be talking about a 26-day per decade rate of advance,” says Eric Post, a polar ecologist at the University of California, Davis, department of wildlife, fish and conservation biology, who has been studying the Arctic for 27 years. “That’s almost an entire growing season. That’s an eye-opening rate of change.”



Apparently it never occurred to either the Guardian or the junk scientists who wrote the paper that springs were actually warmer than now in the 1930s in SW Greenland:


Which is about par for the course for the lot of them!


The Guardian was also worried about the early spring in Washington DC.

No doubt they’ll breath a lot easier after this year’s atrociously cold start to spring there:


  1. May 1, 2018 1:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  2. May 1, 2018 3:48 pm

    Will the Grauniad have an article this year entitled:

    1 “Northern hemisphere sees in late spring due to global warming” or
    2 “Northern hemisphere sees in late spring due to global cooling” or
    3 Will it not have an article about the northern hemisphere spring this year?

    My money is on number 3.

    • dave permalink
      May 1, 2018 4:40 pm

      UAH global brightness temperature anomalies for April reported at 0.21 compared to 0.24 in March .

      It is an interesting question how long the fanatics can fail to notice that THE WORLD IS NOT WARMING. My best estimate is another twenty years .

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 2, 2018 12:57 pm

        I think it will be quicker than that as the 2 recent El Ninos have put heat into the atmosphere delaying the start of the cooling. The heat has gone now so we have the reality of the Little Ice Age. People will notice how much of their income is going on inflated energy costs given they are forced to use it for longer. My CH is still on and I have used a lot more gas this winter than the last two.

  3. Athelstan permalink
    May 1, 2018 4:31 pm

    The graun’, oh dear me.

    Greenland, was er green land once yer know just ask Eric the Red, it still has bits of green round the coast in the light months of Summer, strange huh?

    No 3 – Phillip.

  4. Stonyground permalink
    May 1, 2018 5:41 pm

    I think that there are abandoned farms buried under the ice. If this is the case then it must have been significantly warmer at the times when these farms were being farmed.

  5. Coeur de Lion permalink
    May 1, 2018 7:22 pm

    They were dug out of permafrost that they weren’t buried in.

  6. AndyG55 permalink
    May 1, 2018 7:55 pm

    Even the IPCC know that Greenland is cool.

    and in the longer term, very cool.

  7. Ben Vorlich permalink
    May 1, 2018 8:12 pm

    I see the Spring 26 Days earlier is in the Gaurdian article quote. Is that where the BBC got it from and expended one sedge species in Greenland to the whole of the Northern Hemisphere.

  8. Graeme No.3 permalink
    May 1, 2018 10:09 pm

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if The Guardian won the Booker prize for fiction?

  9. May 2, 2018 4:24 am

    Remember not too long ago when one British botanist said the UK should change the date of the first day of Spring because of all the warming? One WashPo reporter lamented that there would be no snow in DC anymore. Sold his kid’s sleds. UK turned around and had a bunch of deadly cold winters! Lots of cold springtime in DC since then How stupid do they think we are?

    • May 3, 2018 11:39 am

      Well, one American botanist says that spring was actually late this year, here is northern West Virginia. Last week was the first time I mowed. Often I begin mowing in early April.

  10. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 2, 2018 11:21 am

    What “problems” is an early spring causing exactly? Just scaremongering gibberish. The media no longer seems to feel that making sense or actually investigating claims is necessary.

  11. Gerry, England permalink
    May 2, 2018 12:59 pm

    You have to laugh at the timing of an article claiming spring is coming earlier at the same time as the northern hemisphere is suffering an extended period of cold.

  12. bobn permalink
    May 2, 2018 1:17 pm

    Strange that an ecologist (i guess that means no science qualifications) hasnt heard of evolution. Plants evolve rapidly. In a cold climate those variants that tolerate cold best and bloom earlier will out compete their ancestors that cant take the cold as well. Over a short period of time evolution will see earlier blooming. How has this natural tendency been factored into their survey? I bet it hasnt!

  13. Dave permalink
    May 2, 2018 2:56 pm

    Um, there is no reference as to how early/late the autumn is. Wouldn’t that be relevant?

    • Russ Wood permalink
      May 2, 2018 4:05 pm

      Relevant? No, no, no! It’s all about how the ‘concerned’ feel! If it’s getting warmer, than they’ll shed their woolies, despite the risk of critical bits dropping off!

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