Skip to comments.Inhospitable Earth
Posted on 07/03/2013 6:37:44 AM PDT by National Review
Environmentalist killjoys pretend that this is the worst time in history to live on Earth.
By Jonah Goldberg
You just cant out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question How and when will the world end? Some contributions were funny. Others were simply plausible a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue. But only an environmentalist like Bill McKibben could be a killjoy about the apocalypse itself.
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Were the old days better?
When it is no longer perceived by the mind.
It's breathtaking that Obie's pronouncements about such haven't rocked the world, imho.
Well FYI freepers: Here in the Metro Atlanta area nobody’s garden is getting fruit on their plants. We have two measly tomatoes and nothing else. Our green thumb neighbor across the street has about 10 beautiful tomato plants and almost no tomatoes. His corn looks great but the ears are not maturing. My friend who I had lunch with yesterday is having the same experience and so is my sister in law. Now we see the daughter in law posting on her facebook page from France that the Cherry tree has only produced a handful of cherries this year and then a wistful sentence that nothing is growing this year maybe next year.
I would love to hear from other people as to what is happening in their area. We have not seen one bee anywhere so far this summer. Two people we know have had their bee hives die for unknown reasons in the past several mos. The chem trails are everywhere almost every day. We are not normally paranoid but it is getting a little weird. So whats the problem? No bees, bad hybrid seeds, chemicals being sprayed too much rain? You tell me.
Yeah, water vapor is the worst.
As you are getting a chuckle why not check around with folks in your own area and see how their gardens are going? This is going on all over. Its not going to be so funny if the food stops growing. There are literally no bees this year my friend. Go out in your yard and let me know how many bees you can find.
Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappear man will cease to exist in 4 years.
Do you have some idea why this is happening?
I read an interesting possibility about neutralizing the Yellowstone caldera, costing perhaps a hundred billion dollars.
It begins by building a very large, artificial river from Canada. The river is split north of Yellowstone, to flow on either side of the caldera.
Then low-contamination nuclear explosives are used to dig enormous underground caverns, basically giant holes exposed to the air, outside of the caldera, after which the river flows into the caverns. Hitting the extremely hot rock at the borders of the caldera, vast amounts of steam are generated, pouring out of the holes for perhaps 100 years or more.
The end result are heat sinks to the caldera, reducing its underground temperature and thus its pressure.
Sounds totally science-fictiony, but if it would work, it could prevent a civilized world destroying catastrophe.
It will not end.
It will merely continue in an altered state
The possibilities for change are nearly infinite
Glad to hear somebody has tomatoes.
“Do you have some idea why this is happening?”
Theories in the news: Bee virus, Microwaves from the cell towers, pesticides, Chemtrails.
The tomato originated in Mexico, honey bees are not indigenous to the Americas. They were imported from Europe. The Americas have lots of pollinators other then honey bees. That said I share your concern over the bees and I certainly hope science can figure out what is killing them and stop it.
My tomato plants and peppers are doing great, in pots on the patio, i have seen only one honeybee but the bumble bees and numerous other types of bees ( i have no idea what they are) are all over the flowers daily.
On the Cumberland Plateau.
p.s. did`nt the earliest settlers bring honeybees from Europe? were there no native honeybees ?
Needs more explanation. I can understand a virus and pesticides, but microwaves do what exactly to a bee? And what are chemtrails and how do they affect bees? Also you left off mites.
Well whatever is wrong the end result is that a lot of gardens are not producing this year which begs the question of whats happening on the big farms?
Part of it is the bees and part of it is a cold and rainy spring. As you live in the SE US, the temperatures there have been decreasing for the last 10-20 years with some years worse than others.
Tomatoes don’t require external pollination. They have perfect blooms and will pollinate without assistance.
How about local strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and other fruits. They do require pollinators. How are they doing?
Honeybees come from Europe. There were native pollinators prior to the arrival of the Europeans.
I haven’t seen any native pollinators either this spring. My mom who’s been growing squash for 60 years in the same area has never had to hand pollinate prior to this year. Prior to European honeybees there were several native pollinators that would pollinate squash. Those are AWOL this year too.
One of our friends has a family beekeeping business. The family has been beekeeping for 3 generations now. They went from 50 hives to 3 this past spring. One of my dad’s friends has been keeping honeybees for 50 years. He lost half his hives this spring. The two beekeepers are 75m apart.
We have had above average temps for past few summers and a lot of drought. This year we are back to more of what it used to be like in GA when I moved here 28 years ago. Its not the temps but there are no bees to speak of so I’m leaning toward the theory that the plants are not getting pollinated properly. .