Monday, 23 October 2006

A Long, Hot Summer

October 21st is National Apple Day here in the UK. But in my neighbourhood the apples ripened and fell from the trees a month ago. The leaves are still green and the grass is growing. My colleague Mark tells me that tomatoes are still growing in his back garden. People are walking around in T-shirts.

All this in late October, in England.

It's not just people who are noticing the change:

"The redwing, a species of thrush that was once a frequent visitor from Scandinavia in winter, is disappearing from our skies. 'It used to fly to Scotland to eat our berries and avoid the freezing conditions of its Scandinavian homeland, but now winters have become so mild over there, it is staying put,' said Paul Stancliffe of the British Trust for Ornithology."

The scientific community was convinced ages ago that climate change is real. But there's nothing like seeing with your own eyes what a warmer world will look like.

(Carbon Clear Homepage)