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Northern Ireland faces loss of 1 million sheep and cattle to meet climate targets

April 30, 2022

By Paul Homewood

The world has gone bonkers!




Northern Ireland will need to lose more than 1 million sheep and cattle to meet its new legally binding climate emissions targets, according to an industry-commissioned analysis seen by the Guardian.

The large-scale reduction in farm animals comes after the passing of the ​​jurisdiction’s first ever climate act, requiring the farming sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reduce methane emissions by almost 50% over the same period.
About a third of human-caused
methane emissions come from livestock, mostly from the burps and manure of beef and dairy cattle. Analysis by KPMG, commissioned by industry representatives including the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), estimates more than 500,000 cattle and about 700,000 sheep would need to be lost in order for Northern Ireland to meet the new climate targets.
Separate analysis by the UK government’s climate advisers suggests chicken numbers would also need to be cut by 5 million by 2035. Both the
pig and poultry sectors in Nothern Ireland have seen rapid growth in the past decade.

Agriculture accounts for about 27% of Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the vast majority coming from livestock. Its heavily export-driven meat industry principally supplies Great Britain, but it also exports to China and North America.

Chris Stark, CCC chief executive, told the Guardian that a switch to arable farming would probably be necessary if food production levels are to remain the same in Northern Ireland. “A condition in our modelling is that we produce the same amount of food per head in 2050,” he said. “But it’s very difficult to do this unless you see a change in farming practice, and especially unless you see a shift in arable farming versus livestock.





Not only does agriculture account for a large slice of NI’s emissions (and Ireland’s too), it also accounts for a lot of its GDP, directly and indirectly.

There is a reason why Ireland is dominated by pastoral rather than arable farming. It is because most of the land is unsuitable for growing of crops, certainly to a profitable extent. Much of the land is rocky and the climate is far too wet. That was why Ireland was so reliant on potatoes at the time of the Great Famine.

Currently only 4% of N Ireland’s farmland is arable.



Although farm labour only accounts for 7% of the country’s labour force, many more depend on the rural economy. Altogether the rural population makes up about 40% of the total in N Ireland. Destroying a large part of farming sector there would be catastrophic for the rural sector. Replacing the meat and dairy sector with, for instance, potatoes would decimate incomes and lead to mass migration out of the countryside.

Perhaps the most shocking part of the Guardian’s report is the reaction of Chris Stark, who is more interested in his modelling than in people’s lives. It also raises the question of just how all of this will be enforced. Farmers certainly are not going to give up willingly.

Shades of the infamous Soviet Land Reforms?

  1. Martin Brumby permalink
    April 30, 2022 11:07 am

    “the reaction of Chris Stark, who is more interested in his modelling than in people’s lives…”

    Shades of Professor Pantsdown and the twerps at Imperial College?

    These wretched “modellers” need locking up. I understand that computer modelling can be a useful analytical tool. Especially if the initial conditions are well known, the basic physical equations are well understood, the model prevented from extrapolating wildly, and there aren’t numerous tweaks and fudge factors built in.

    Otherwise they are an absolute crock. Anyone who imagines policy can reasonably be based on the model output is an imbecile.

    Meanwhile, back at the fort, why has HMG got it in for Ulster?
    Absolutely disgraceful. Have the Tories made a sweatheart deal with Sinn Fein?

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 30, 2022 11:32 am

      When model output is considered as data then you know there’s a scam on progress.

      Furthermore, whatever happened to the idea in project management that the outcomes have now been ignored? If it really was worth moving away from livestock farming to arable there should be definable benefits in doing so. In any case, we (who k ow our history) know what happened the last time the Irish relied too much on potatoes.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        April 30, 2022 3:29 pm

        I understand that computer modelling can be a useful analytical tool. Especially if the initial conditions are well known, the basic physical equations are well understood, the model prevented from extrapolating wildly, and there aren’t numerous tweaks and fudge factors built in.

        But therein lies the crunch, Martin! Computer modelling has been specifically adapted to create the ideal conditons for policy-based evidence-making. Its practitioners are the true spiritual children of the old Three-card trick/Find the Lady practitioners who (reputedly; I never came across one personally) inhabited the pavements of London’s Oxford Street in days gone by.
        At least it was known to be a con trick then! And the future of civilised living didn’t hang on whether you fell for it!

    • catweazle666 permalink
      April 30, 2022 8:19 pm

      “In sum, a strategy must recognise what is possible. In climate research and modelling, we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”

      So stated the IPCC’s Working Group I: The Scientific Basis, Third Assessment Report (TAR), Chapter 14 (final para.,, p774.

      Anyone who claims that a purported computer game – er, sorry, climate simulation of an effectively infinitely large open-ended non-linear feedback-driven (where we don’t know all the feedbacks, and even the ones we do know, we are unsure of the signs of some critical ones) chaotic system – hence subject to inter alia extreme sensitivity to initial conditions, strange attractors and bifurcation – is capable of making meaningful predictions over any significant time period is either a charlatan or a computer salesman.

      Ironically, the first person to point this out was Edward Lorenz – a climate scientist.

      Lorenz’s early insights marked the beginning of a new field of study that impacted not just the field of mathematics but virtually every branch of science–biological, physical and social. In meteorology, it led to the conclusion that it may be fundamentally impossible to predict weather beyond two or three weeks with a reasonable degree of accuracy.

      Some scientists have since asserted that the 20th century will be remembered for three scientific revolutions–relativity, quantum mechanics and chaos.

      You can add as much computing power as you like, the result is purely to produce the wrong answer faster.

      But for some climate “scientists” I suppose it pays the mortgage…

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        May 1, 2022 7:46 am

        And don’t forget starting conditions. You cannot model accurately anything unless you know the starting conditions. But what’s the starting conditions the Earth’s climate now? Oops, changed already, even if you knew them. We can model all we need to know to send a spacecraft to Mars but it won’t get there if we don’t know where the Earth is at the start of the journey.

    • watersider permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:05 pm

      Sadly Martin your comment about Sinn Fein is way off the mark. That disgusting mob is even more pro the global warming nonsense than the idiot in downing street who gets his science in bed.
      Otherwise you are spot on. I speak as a real old time Feinan btw!

  2. Martin Brumby permalink
    April 30, 2022 11:08 am

    Sweetheart. But sweatheart could be right…

  3. Tammly permalink
    April 30, 2022 11:24 am

    Hey I’ve got a great suggestion for the modellers! Work out the deleterious effects on the planet of 60 million North American Bison in say, 1750. Alternatively we could take up Modeller hunting in an attempt to rid the planet of this pest.😣

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      April 30, 2022 5:06 pm

      I once went to a ‘Green Peace’ canvassing booth that was raising money to stop ‘the slaughter of White Seal Pups’ on their birthing grounds off the coast of Newfoundland. I asked the young woman working the booth if she was a vegetarian? ‘Yes of course’ was her answer, “she was against the killing of all animals”. So, then I asked if she ate rice or noodles? She said “yes”. So, I suggested that her answer made her an advocate for the mass slaughter of 60 million Buffalo . . . I informed her that the rice she ate and the flour in her pasta both were grown on the very Plains where the Buffalo once had roamed. She was ‘shocked and angry’ and asked me to leave her booth because “she supported no such thing”.

      I took this stand with this young woman as a twelve-year-old boy . . . The story of humanity is complex. That complexity cannot be overlooked or whitewashed to make one point that fails to grasp the enormity of our global construct and Humanity’s place in all of its dynamic facets. We must consider the good, the bad and the ugly in all. PS . . . today there are 70million cows in North America. Pound for pound equal to the buffalo . . . ‘Net Zero’ . . . No ??

      I despise the concept of people speaking out of both sides of their mouth – more and more every day !

      • watersider permalink
        May 1, 2022 7:07 pm

        And billions of sacred cows in India

  4. April 30, 2022 11:26 am

    Perhaps we can help by sending over all our face covering wearing sheep?

  5. Tim Leeney permalink
    April 30, 2022 11:27 am

    “industry-commissioned”. What industry? I think we should be told.

  6. Gamecock permalink
    April 30, 2022 11:40 am

    ‘Northern Ireland will need to murder more than 1 million sheep and cattle to meet its new legally binding climate emissions targets’ (fixed it)

    So when nothing changes, a million more? Then a million more?

    And then they’ll realize humans are worse than sheep. Then what?

    We always thought that just primitives sacrificed animals.

    “So, why you killing those sheep?”

    “To change the weather.”

    Druids rule NI.

    • Curious George permalink
      April 30, 2022 4:15 pm

      Are those targets legally binding in China?

    • Duker permalink
      May 1, 2022 1:31 am

      Farm animals are killed every day, as thats their purpose when raised for meat consumption.

      The ‘murder houses’ are called abattoirs

      What will happen is the numbers of stock will decline over a few years through the existing ‘murders’
      Its a balmy idea to reduce the stock levels , but no need to adopt the nutter approach by calling it murder

      • Gamecock permalink
        May 1, 2022 3:02 am

        They aren’t being killed for food.

      • Gamecock permalink
        May 1, 2022 11:49 am

        The article says ‘need to lose,’ it doesn’t say “reduce by.” Granted, that could be Guardian flourish, and not a death sentence. Saying it could be accomplished by attrition might reduce clicks.

      • Duker permalink
        May 2, 2022 2:41 am

        They are being killed for food. Im not a farmer but the entire purpose of the stock is for their meat or other economic value. beef for istance is sent to the works once they reach their desired weight . Dairy cows live longer as they are milked but once milk productions drops off and sent to works , mainly minced meat for hamburgers. Male dairy calves are killed within weeks for veal.
        Every farmer is disposing of and bringing stock onto the farm all the time. reduced stock levels would be done over time, but all animals killed ARE for meat, mutton ,lamb, veal, beef, hamburger mince etc and the myriad other uses of the carcasses.
        I think you are woefully misinformed on how stock farming works.

  7. Thomas Carr permalink
    April 30, 2022 11:41 am

    Arable not well suited to the local climate.

  8. GeoffB permalink
    April 30, 2022 11:52 am

    Mao Zedong in 1958 ordered farmers to produce iron rather than crops, the number of people who starved to death was at least 15 million, maybe as many as 55 million. I suppose Malthusian ideals are the ultimate reason for eliminating animal farming, plus some vegan ideals.

  9. Brian permalink
    April 30, 2022 12:09 pm

    It’s in the Guardian – no further action.

  10. Malcolm permalink
    April 30, 2022 12:19 pm

    The methane emissions from the 7 billion population of the planet would need reducing too. Perhaps the NWO cabal running the ‘climate change’ lunatics would consider a reduction in the world’s population too? Oh, wait…….

    • watersider permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:11 pm

      I am afraid you don’t get much ‘balmy’ weather in N I

  11. William George permalink
    April 30, 2022 12:32 pm

    Stark and the rest of the CCC need to come out with these ridiculous modellings in an effort to justify their existence. Sadly Bunter and Cartwan pay too much attention.

  12. Mack permalink
    April 30, 2022 12:47 pm

    Perhaps, in order to reduce animal numbers, the government will soon be rolling out the ‘lump sum exit scheme’ in N.I after launching it in England in February. Basically a scheme to bung farmers to quit. That’s one way of getting animals off the land.

  13. Cheshire Red permalink
    April 30, 2022 1:40 pm

    Each new government ‘climate’ directive shows a clear policy pattern is emerging.

    * Reduce energy capacity, and therefore consumption.
    * Refuse to access decades of onshore gas…precisely because it’d give UK total energy security and would kill off any reasonable case for ‘renewables’.
    * Government have attempted to implement around 15 undersea electric interconnectors. Only the stupidity of France publicly blackmailing UK & CI’s caused a (temporary?) halt to that policy when Kwasi K (correctly) blocked another under-Channel interconnector. That policy just happens to lock the UK into French, ie EU, energy dependence. Handy to enable a future rejoin, eh?
    * Ban new ICE cars, thus reducing car numbers on the roads as most people can’t afford EV’s.
    * Restrict EV charging points, effectively rationing access to vehicle fuel.
    * Impose domestic electric heat pumps, restricting cheap gas domestic energy.
    * Impose smart meters, empowering government control ie, price controls and rationing, via demand side management.
    * Diminish farming, in the process removing food independence! (A staggering betrayal of a policy, but look how it’d lock UK into a more global cycle of inter-national dependence)
    * Remove sheep from NI on the pretext of ‘reducing methane emissions’, but in reality they’re closing down food production one step at a time.
    * Reduce meat consumption.
    * Restrict aviation everywhere.
    * I’m sure there’s many other examples out there, which I haven’t mentioned.

    ALL these policies are designed to reduce energy consumption, travel rights, freedom of choice and liberty itself, whilst covertly maximising public subservience to a wannabe globalist government at every turn.
    Nobody voted for this. Nobody was asked. (They know the answer they’d get, so simply imposed these changes anyway.)
    Also note the cross-party Omerta; nobody is challenging government about these policies, instead they hold confected ‘rows’ about cake or beer.

    Truly, we’re being played like a fiddle by the biggest frauds to ever sit in Parliament.

    • Mack permalink
      April 30, 2022 2:18 pm

      Couldn’t have put it better myself. Take a bow Cheshire Red.

    • William George permalink
      April 30, 2022 4:17 pm

      An excellent piece Cheshire Red.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      April 30, 2022 8:29 pm

      “That policy just happens to lock the UK into French, ie EU, energy dependence.”

      That was Traitor Theresa May’s thinking when she refused funds to recondition the Rough gas storage reservoir, we could depend on “our friends and allies” in the EU to make sure we didn’t freeze and starve in the dark.

    • watersider permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:16 pm

      Malcolm, you have a point. Each human exhales 40000 ppm Co2 with every exhaust.
      Therefore with all those sheeple using muzzles these past 2 years must have had some effect on the climate.

    • watersider permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:16 pm

      Well sed Red

  14. chriskshaw permalink
    April 30, 2022 1:56 pm

    But did you hear Sharma’s talk at Tufts in US. They are even planning a pause for the war. In fact the CC war is becoming nuclear.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      April 30, 2022 8:31 pm

      What frightful, utter claptrap.
      That’s five minutes of my life I won’t get back, thanks Sharma!

  15. roger permalink
    April 30, 2022 2:06 pm

    Mr Stark’s career seems to have started in the Treasury in a hodge podge of areas unrelated to climate or science none of which suggest that he graduated in any related subject that might give confidence in his shallow unresearched pronouncements on the future conformation of farming in NI.
    Yet another example of the poor quality of advisors that Bojo relies upon and by extension his own inadequacy as these second raters run rings around him

    • April 30, 2022 4:27 pm

      It’s quite possible that these second raters have the ear of Mrs Johnson. That’s what counts these days

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:40 am

      The problem is, as with Covid, he’s being advised by people from only one side of a multifaceted argument. The CCC is nothing more than a political lobbying group, pushing for ever more extreme Green/left-wing policies. Deciding how many cows we should have in 2050 in NI is central planning on a scale that makes the USSR look reasonable and sensible.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        May 1, 2022 4:02 pm

        ‘The CCC is nothing more than a political lobbying group, pushing for ever more extreme Green/left-wing policies.”

        It is also the case that most members, in particular the egregious Selwyn Gummer AKA “Lord” Deben, have their snouts in more than a few subsidy troughs.

  16. bobn permalink
    April 30, 2022 3:04 pm

    Whilst this is all CCC (Concocted Climate Crap) and will never be acted on it would be fun to see them try.
    Farmers have guns, pitchforks, machines with spinning blades, and loads of dung to hurl at public officials and buildings. And they’re Irish! Never known to enjoy a fight or get in a temper!
    Even the docile english farmers would likely cremate a few CCC officials if they set foot on their farms.
    Yep. If they try this we might get the insurrection and revolution this nation desperately needs. Going out to sharpen my chainsaw to be ready to help the freedom fighters.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:41 am

      Didn’t happen for Foot & Mouth, also based on a fantasy model.

    • watersider permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:33 pm

      well Bobn, being an old time Irishman from farming stock. I suppose if push came to shove, I might indulge in a bit of aggression. On the subject of killing farm animals, I have bitter memories of the infamous Neil Ferguson (remember him?) inspired foot and mouth farming holocaust. That too was based on faulty modeling.

  17. jimlemaistre permalink
    April 30, 2022 4:57 pm

    Sadly, the whole discussion over CO2 feeds into the environmentalist dogma. If ‘Climate Skeptics’, I prefer the term Naturalists, can be agitated into debating the ‘Net Effect’ of CO2 in and or around the whole Man-Made Climate Change question . . . The Environmentalists have dragged, the right thinking among us, down into their Elitist Propaganda hole with them.

    I take an historical overview of life on Planet Earth. I ask, if 9 Warming Periods and 9 Cooling Periods have occurred absent any real fluctuations in CO2 measurements, how can our current Warming Period, suddenly now, be caused by Man-Made CO2 ? This is way outside the clinical discussion, Intentionally. I ask this question, because it establishes the ‘Irrelevance’ of ANY debate founded on the ‘False Assumptions’ initiated by Michael Mann and his ‘MBH 99 proxy Calibrations’ and promoted by the IPCC since 2001, and long ago disproven.

    Historical Climate fluctuations in the Holocene can ALL be linked back to COLD Climate Change. These, without exception, were brought about by Massive Volcanoes above VEI 6. Their Global effect on life, prosperity, food production, hygiene and wide spread disease are well known and well documented from Europe, North America and Asia.

    Pages 34 – 37 . . .

    To defeat the CO2 debate is to render the debate Null. Absent any relevance in the last 10,000 years . . . CO2 has NO place in the discussion regarding Climate Change, Today, or at any other time in history whatsoever.

    Environmentalists are ‘Hell Bent’ on destroying the Fossil Fuel industry . . . Period! Burning Fossil Fuels pollutes the Earth . . . Yes. The One and only thing we Can Not remove is CO2 . . . therefore blame CO2 and . . . the industry will die . . . Easy! Entering this debate feeds the Environmentalist Propaganda Machine. First, ‘Naturalists’ need to Prove that CO2 is irrelevant to Climate Change from the historical record and then promote Cleaning Up what is attached to CO2 as the REAL REMEDY for the deplorable effluent produced by our incessant pollution from Burning Fossil Fuels . . . Globally. Provide REAL SOLUTIONS !

    REAL pollution . . .
    1. Sulfur dioxide (SO2), which contributes to acid rain and respiratory illnesses.
    2. Nitrogen oxides (NOx), which contribute to smog and respiratory illnesses.
    3. Particulates, which contribute to smog, haze, and respiratory illnesses and lung disease.
    4. Mercury and other heavy metals linked to both neurological and developmental damage.
    5. Fly ash and bottom ash, that are residues created when power plants burn Coal.

    95 % or more can be removed with Electrostatic Precipitators and Nitrogen Oxide burners and scrubbers that can remove 99% of solid particles from the flue gases . . . Common sense solutions. Pages 4,5 & 6 . . .

    Naturalists, Must Stop feeding the Elitist Environmentalist ‘Fetish’ that CO2 has any effect on Climate Change. Instead PROVE that it has NEVER had ANY effect, look at history, then . . . move to clean up the REAL Noxious effluent from industrial infrastructure Globally . . . With Public Money if necessary !

    Furthermore, today in what is described as ‘An Inter Glacial Period’, The Holocene, we are having a reprieve from the incessant Violence brought upon the World by Volcanoes. Planet Earth is Warm for only the SECOND time in 250,000 years. This Warming Period permits Food Production in the Prairies, Europe and China. Places where 10 kilometers of Ice would usually stand. For little more than 10 thousand years Humanity has had it good. Life for 7 billion people is possible. A mere 25 million souls occupied Equatorial regions of the Earth when Volcanoes and Ice Ruled the World. Let us learn to give thanks to Global Warming and learn to respect Nature as the Supreme Ruler of Climate and of true Climate Change on our Little Blue Planet. Humans are just along for the ride . . .

    My Thoughts . . .

    • catweazle666 permalink
      April 30, 2022 8:41 pm

      Nothing whatsoever to do with “Saving the Planet”, Jim.

      At a news conference in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

      “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

      Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added:
      “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

      And for further information on the UN’s plans for us evil white people, plug “Christiana Figueres quotes” and “UN population replacement” into your search engine.

      A thoroughly nasty piece of work, Ms. Figueres.

      • Dr Ken Pollock permalink
        May 1, 2022 10:57 am

        Read “The Future we Choose” by Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. On page 55 they demonstrate they do not know the difference between energy and electricity. Why take any notice of her again? Such is the ignorance of one of our appointed leaders in combatting climate change. What better reason for discounting her advice on any changes in society???

    • charles allan permalink
      May 1, 2022 8:55 am

      Google the Honourable Bede a monk around 700 ad who detailed the weather in England
      including catastrophic summers and winters centuries before industry . Must have been methane from cows sheep and horses – lol

  18. A+man+of+no+rank permalink
    April 30, 2022 5:06 pm

    Methane at 2 ppm, water vapour at 10,000 ppm or more. WV absorbing IR in same region as methane – did this appear in the models?

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      April 30, 2022 6:57 pm

      Thought you might like this graph

  19. April 30, 2022 5:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections and commented:
    Eliminating efficient protein-aggregating harvesters/foragers…

  20. iariar permalink
    April 30, 2022 5:31 pm

    As I understand, methane is very small to insignificant greenhouse gas due to it being a minute constituent of the atmosphere and that the infra red frequency which it traps is swamped by water vapour which traps the same (and much wider frequencies). Reducing methane output is futile but what has influenced it being targeted is that it is considered to be far more powerful than CO2.

    • April 30, 2022 5:58 pm

      Yes, and it also dissipates very quickly

      • jimlemaistre permalink
        April 30, 2022 6:44 pm

        Water gentleman . . . Water . . . The #1 influence on atmospheric concentrations of green house gases . . . 95% . . . The Elephant in the room.

      • Curious George permalink
        April 30, 2022 11:18 pm

        To save the planet, never bathe again.

  21. April 30, 2022 6:54 pm

    Electric Buses catch fire in Paris. 149 buses withdrawn. The terrifying speed of this fire is alarming and cannot be extinguished. When I contacted the Ministry of Transport in UK via my MP some months ago regarding the Fire Risk of EV batteries, they replied to say that the Fire Service are of course trained in all eventualities……. Link:

  22. Jack Broughton permalink
    April 30, 2022 8:39 pm

    Paul, your sub-heading is wrong: the world is not going mad, only the UK. We are the world leaders at economic self-harm. We have gas, oil and coal in plentiful amounts that could be producing low cost power, but …….. wallies rule.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      April 30, 2022 8:48 pm

      “the world is not going mad, only the UK.”


      Seen what Biden is doing to the USA recently, Jack?

      Trump had made the USA into an exporter of oil and gas for the first time in decades, on Biden’s first day in power he reversed that, and then had the damn gall to try to bully the Saudis into bailing him out, pity Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman refused to accept his phone call…

      Or what Putin – financed by Germany – is up to in Ukraine?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:50 am

      It’s everywhere in the West. US, France, Germany… Macron called Le Pen a Denier last week – one reason why she’s popular in rural France is she doesn’t buy into all the Green crap that’s driving farmers out if business.

  23. Adam Gallon permalink
    April 30, 2022 10:09 pm

    Well, couldn’t they grow potatoes, I mean, what could go wrong there?

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      April 30, 2022 11:50 pm

      When we study Volcanoes, as I do, the correlation between Mt. Hekla’s Eruption in 1845 and the Potato Famine is just too hard to ignore. As a young man I wanted to ‘live off the land’ as an Organic Gardener off in the country on an acreage. One of the things a ‘Back to Basics’ person learns about gardening is to save ‘Wood Ash’ to sprinkle on the garden in lieu of Potash. However, there is one caveat, ‘Do NOT spread wood ash on your potato garden for it will cause blight’. Hekla erupted the night of a ‘Great Atlantic Storm’ and brought the ash and soot to Ireland, Scotland and Northern Europe . . . Such a coincidence . . .

      • Duker permalink
        May 1, 2022 2:30 am

        It is accepted the climate was harder then and like now influenced by occasional extreme events. Underlying the famine was over reliance on one food source and the land tenure system in Ireland

    • watersider permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:44 pm

      It was not a potato famine, its correct name is the Great Hunger. Ireland was an exporter of beef, butter, corn and pork during that time of real climate change sufficient to feed its population of over 5 million.
      Political decisions at the time dictated that potatoes were good enough for the natives. It could be correctly termed genocide. I am proof that my grandparents had the fortitude to survive.
      The victors write the history.

  24. J. Barlow permalink
    May 1, 2022 12:04 am

    Another scam, blame animals, blame fake viruses, blame anyone but the chemical industries polluting the soil, seas and air. Climate change, another hoax to fleece the taxpayer while industrialists get away with contaminating the earth. lying to the public, and scaring the halfwits who believe their scams/propaganda/fake-science.

  25. May 1, 2022 12:21 am

    In 1856 the Xhosa killed all their cattle on the urging of a prophetess. In 2022 we are killing our cattle on the urging of Greta. It didn’t go well for the Xhosa: up to 70% of their people died in the subsequent famine.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      May 1, 2022 7:51 am

      Look no further than Sri Lanka. Ordered to go completely organic, now suffering famine and total loss ofcexport earnings.

    • May 3, 2022 7:29 pm

      Ed Milliband and the PM’s wife and the CCC are among the propagators historical and present of the scam that CO2 is the villain. The evidence-based data “blame” natural variables such as variable solar activity, cosmic rays, clouds/water vapour.
      CO2 plays a very minor role in influencing climate.
      An imminent grand solar minimum will be governing the climate for decades hence.

  26. John Hultquist permalink
    May 1, 2022 2:51 am

    818 K hectares of grass grows and then it – – dies and decomposes.

    … and the protein is gone. What a concept!?

  27. May 1, 2022 5:09 am

    Reblogged this on Unorthodox Truth.

  28. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 1, 2022 7:55 am

    Cars made too dexpensive for most, meat made too expensive for most, flying made too expensive for most, heating made too expensive for most.

    This is impoverishment on a massive scale but not only that less consumption means less production – the two go hand in hand. Less production means fewer jobs and much less production means far fewer jobs. We are deliberately pushing our economies into a Depression that will make the Great Depression look like a small blip.

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      May 1, 2022 4:41 pm

      No question . . . Environmentalists do NOT work for the Economic Development Department!

  29. Andreadsweald permalink
    May 1, 2022 7:58 am

    Anyone who uses our supermarkets will have seen that the process of nudging the population to a vegetarian/vegan diet is already well under way, with a steady stream of new ‘green’ food products being introduced. These products do not sell well (look for the yellow stickers) yet the food factories keep introducing them, the supermarkets promote them and the media slides the wedge in further every day to encourage their consumption. This, I am sure, is no coincidence. Nods and winks take place, incentives and inducements are offered. The sense of inevitability grows, as it does with battery powered cars. We are being manipulated and herded, like the sheep they wish to be rid of.

    Two years ago, I wrote to my MP, asking whether if it was the government’s intention, as had been reported in the press, to tax meat as a means of reducing consumption. Far too busy to answer her constituent personally, my MP’s dosgbody eventually forwarded me a ministerial reply saying that the government ‘had no plans’ to do such a thing. Well no – and I’m sure it ‘had no plans’ to slaughter the firstborn, nor tax the air we breath, either. Which doesn’t mean they won’t happen.

    None of this is accidental. It is part of a deeply political Green programme and unless it is rooted out, exposed and stopped, we face a very spartan and joyless future under the yoke of wild-eyed zealots.

  30. May 1, 2022 9:18 am

    the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), estimates more than 500,000 cattle and about 700,000 sheep would need to be lost in order for Northern Ireland to meet the new climate targets.

    Australia currently has about 68 million sheep…

    The proposed action would be pointless.

    • May 1, 2022 9:31 am

      Pointless: like all the other ‘Net Zero’ proposed actions & plans.

  31. May 1, 2022 10:28 am

    Politicians and others should stop blaming farmers for melting the planet. Cattle are already Net Zero.

    We are told that wood-burning power stations are Net Zero because carbon dioxide (CO2) released when wood pellets are burned is simply returning CO2 to atmosphere that trees removed when growing. Politicians and engineers have assured us that is the case.

    By the same thinking, cattle must be Net Zero. Growing grass removes CO2 from atmosphere during photosynthesis. Grass is eaten by cattle and CO2 is returned to atmosphere from whence it came as part of the natural carbon cycle. Activists tell us that wood burning power stations are not really Net Zero because trees take decades to grow. The same cannot apply to grass as it regrows in weeks.

    Activists tell us UK is responsible for 1% of global carbon emissions but the climate scare is based on carbon dioxide, a trace gas vital to life on Earth.

    Because it doesn’t fit the narrative, what is never mentioned is that natural emissions provide 96% of CO2 (IPCC) and mankind just 4%. 26% of that 4% comes from China and 16% from the USA whilst UK releases 1% of the 4% from human emissions.

    1% of 4% is 4 parts in 10,000! For this, politicians are prepared to destroy our economy, restrict our freedoms, ration our energy, limit our travel, tell us what we can eat etc. etc.

    The claim by politicians that if we submit to their oppressive “new normal” they will be able to control the weather is beyond ludicrous. It’s amazing that some believe them.

    Al Davies.

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      May 1, 2022 4:26 pm

      Touché . . . Well said !!

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