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B.C.’s dramatic temperature swings put stress on bees and cattle
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Chuck Chiang
Published Feb 02, 2024 • 2 minute read

VANCOUVER — Recent wild temperature swings in British Columbia have raised concerns about the impact on some local animals’ health, and potentially their survival.


Temperatures in the Fraser Valley city of Abbotsford, for instance, have swung from a low of -15.4 C on Jan. 12 to more than 18 C this week, and one researcher says she’s particularly worried about the swing’s impact on bees.


University of British Columbia bee researcher Alison McAfee says the extreme highs and lows are particularly dangerous to bumblebee populations since “false springs” could make queens emerge prematurely from hibernation.

McAfee says the queens could then be caught in a temperature downturn as they try to forage and start nests from scratch.

BC Cranberry Growers’ Association executive director Mike Wallace says a drop in bee populations would affect the pollination of local berry crops.


But Wallace says it’s too early to say if the recent temperature swing has damaged populations of local bee species.

“If the populations were significantly hurt, it would lower the amount of bees available for pollination services,” Wallace said.

“I haven’t heard anything one way or the other … but, yeah, bees are necessary for good pollination and cranberries just like they are for all berry crops.”

The quick change in temperatures is also tough on cattle, said BC Cattlemen’s Association general manager Kevin Boon.

He said ranchers in the province are keeping close attention to the weather and taking measures such as providing shelter and bedding, as well as adjusting feed to protect their herds.

“It is hard on them because it was such a dramatic shift,” Boon said. “They’re much happier when it goes from cold to warm than warm to cold, I’ll tell you that. But those make it very difficult … for their body to adapt.”


Boon said ranchers are also paying close attention to the warm weather melting snowpacks prematurely, which may exacerbate drought conditions that prevent farmers from growing enough feed for cattle.

“So we gotta hope that we get some more moisture to fill (reservoirs),” he said. “But it’s not a time to panic yet by any stretch of the word.”

For McAfee, the concern about bumblebees extends somewhat to honeybees, although bee keepers can help them manage temperature risks.

But she said some North American bumblebee species are already under pressure and are at risk of going extinct, a situation not helped by the temperature swings.

“Bombus occidentalis (the western bumblebee) is one native species to B.C. that used to be so common that it was used in commercial pollination and greenhouse operations,” McAfee said. “And now has been depleted to the point where I’ve actually never seen one.

“I think that as the climate changes and we get these unpredictable weather patterns, we’ll probably see more of these instances of false springs that are putting extra stress on bumblebees.”
 

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B.C.’s dramatic temperature swings put stress on bees and cattle
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Chuck Chiang
Published Feb 02, 2024 • 2 minute read

VANCOUVER — Recent wild temperature swings in British Columbia have raised concerns about the impact on some local animals’ health, and potentially their survival.


Temperatures in the Fraser Valley city of Abbotsford, for instance, have swung from a low of -15.4 C on Jan. 12 to more than 18 C this week, and one researcher says she’s particularly worried about the swing’s impact on bees.


University of British Columbia bee researcher Alison McAfee says the extreme highs and lows are particularly dangerous to bumblebee populations since “false springs” could make queens emerge prematurely from hibernation.

McAfee says the queens could then be caught in a temperature downturn as they try to forage and start nests from scratch.

BC Cranberry Growers’ Association executive director Mike Wallace says a drop in bee populations would affect the pollination of local berry crops.


But Wallace says it’s too early to say if the recent temperature swing has damaged populations of local bee species.

“If the populations were significantly hurt, it would lower the amount of bees available for pollination services,” Wallace said.

“I haven’t heard anything one way or the other … but, yeah, bees are necessary for good pollination and cranberries just like they are for all berry crops.”

The quick change in temperatures is also tough on cattle, said BC Cattlemen’s Association general manager Kevin Boon.

He said ranchers in the province are keeping close attention to the weather and taking measures such as providing shelter and bedding, as well as adjusting feed to protect their herds.

“It is hard on them because it was such a dramatic shift,” Boon said. “They’re much happier when it goes from cold to warm than warm to cold, I’ll tell you that. But those make it very difficult … for their body to adapt.”


Boon said ranchers are also paying close attention to the warm weather melting snowpacks prematurely, which may exacerbate drought conditions that prevent farmers from growing enough feed for cattle.

“So we gotta hope that we get some more moisture to fill (reservoirs),” he said. “But it’s not a time to panic yet by any stretch of the word.”

For McAfee, the concern about bumblebees extends somewhat to honeybees, although bee keepers can help them manage temperature risks.

But she said some North American bumblebee species are already under pressure and are at risk of going extinct, a situation not helped by the temperature swings.

“Bombus occidentalis (the western bumblebee) is one native species to B.C. that used to be so common that it was used in commercial pollination and greenhouse operations,” McAfee said. “And now has been depleted to the point where I’ve actually never seen one.

“I think that as the climate changes and we get these unpredictable weather patterns, we’ll probably see more of these instances of false springs that are putting extra stress on bumblebees.”
Weather swings in the lower mainland and coastal B.C. are the rule not the exception . It happens every winter .
 

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Michael Mann, a prominent climate scientist, won his long-standing legal battle against two right-wing bloggers who claimed that he manipulated data in his research and compared him to convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, a major victory for the outspoken researcher.
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It's OK. I'm sure Trump'll pardon 'em.
 

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Among the many casualties of the recent political culture wars has been rational debate and pragmatism. This is particularly true in the climate area where one can quickly find themselves on the receiving end of name calling and accusations of wishing the destruction of the world if they don’t submit to climate dogma.
 
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Among the many casualties of the recent political culture wars has been rational debate and pragmatism. This is particularly true in the climate area where one can quickly find themselves on the receiving end of name calling and accusations of wishing the destruction of the world if they don’t submit to climate dogma.
Hardly "recent."

Wait. . . I take that back. Maybe up yonder you've always been all gentlemanly up until last week.

Certainly not down here.
 
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Globe breaks heat record for 8th straight month. Golfers get to play in Minnesota’s ’lost winter’
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Seth Borenstein And Steve Karnowski
Published Feb 07, 2024 • 4 minute read

ST. PAUL, Minn. — For the eighth straight month in January, Earth was record hot, according to the European climate agency. That was obvious in the northern United States, where about 1,000 people were golfing last month in a snow-starved Minneapolis during what the state is calling “the Lost Winter of 2023-24.”


For the first time, the global temperature pushed past the internationally agreed upon warming threshold for an entire 12-month period, with February 2023 to January 2024 running 2.74 degrees Fahrenheit (1.52 degrees Celsius) hotter than pre-industrial levels, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service of the European Space Agency. That’s the highest 12-month global temperature average on record, Copernicus reported.


The globe has broken heat records each month since last June.

January 2024 broke the old record from 2020 for warmest first month of the year by 0.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.12 degrees Celsius) and was 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.66 degrees Celsius) warmer than the late 1800s, the base for temperatures before the burning of fossil fuels. Even though it was record hot in January, the level above normal was lower than the previous six months, according to Copernicus data.


Climate scientists blame a combination of human-caused warming from the burning of fossil fuels and a natural but temporary El Nino warming of parts of the Pacific, saying greenhouse gases have a much bigger role than nature. This is the time of year that El Nino warming often peaks, said Texas A&M University climate scientist Andrew Dessler.

“This is both disturbing and not disturbing. After all, if you stick your finger in a light socket and get shocked, it’s bad news, sure, but what did you expect?” Dessler said.

Just because the globe exceeded the 1.5-degree warming threshold for 12 months, that’s not what scientists mean by reaching the warming limit of 1.5 degrees, said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, co-author of a United Nations science report about the harms of exceeding more than 1.5 degrees. The 1.5-degree limit, adopted by the 2015 Paris climate agreement, is more about 30-year averages.


“These are much more than numbers, ranks and records — they translate to real impacts on our farms, families and communities from unprecedented heat, changing growing seasons and rising sea levels,” said North Carolina State Climatologist Kathie Dello.

International Falls, a Minnesota city on the Canadian border that proudly bills itself as the “icebox of the nation,” recorded its first-ever 50-degree high for January on Jan. 31, when the temperature hit 53 Fahrenheit (11.7 Celsius). Minneapolis has already set a record for the number of 50-degree days for a winter.

About 70% of the Minnesota currently has bare ground, with most of the state so far getting less than 25% of normal snowfall.

Authorities have rescued dozens of ice anglers from normally solid northern Minnesota lakes after ice floes broke off and carried them along. The annual Art Shanty Projects festival on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis in January had to be cut short due to open water and unsafe ice.


The Montgomery National Golf Club, about 72 kilometres south of Minneapolis, should be blanketed under a thick layer of snow this time of year. Instead, it’s doing a booming business.

“We did about a thousand golfers in January. If we had had just one golfer, that would have been a record,” owner Greg McKush said. “After today, we will have had about a thousand golfers for February, which is unheard of.”

McKush said he reopened two Saturdays ago and figures he might be able to stay open all winter if temperatures continue to reach at least into the 40s.

It seems like the fairways are trying to green up, he said, and a lot of the frost has come out of the ground. Most golfers are telling him conditions are “better than expected.”


In Wisconsin, fourth in the U.S. in maple syrup production, the mild winter weather prompted many farms in the state’s northern and central regions to begin tapping their trees in mid-January — up to two months earlier than normal, depending on the area, said Theresa Baroun, executive director of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association.

“There’s a wide range of the state that are tapped and cooking syrup already. It’s very unusual. This is one of the most abnormal weather patterns for starting out the maple season we’ve seen,” she said Wednesday. “For maple trees to run, it needs to be freezing at night, above freezing during the day. And this weather has been perfect for the maple trees to run.”

Baroun, whose family has about 1,200 maple trees at their Maple Sweet Dairy in De Pere, Wisconsin, just south of Green Bay, said the farm began cooking sap this week and that’s the earliest her family can remember since production began in 1964.


The February sturgeon season on Michigan’s Black Lake was canceled for the first time due to lack of ice for safe fishing.

At Isle Royal National Park, an island in Lake Superior between Michigan, Minnesota and Canada, scientists couldn’t conduct their annual wolf and moose count because the ice was so weak they couldn’t land ski-planes on it to get there.

One of the stranger consequences has been the early emergence of ticks. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in Minnesota reported its first deer tick of 2024 on Monday, posting a creepy photo on social media of a tick in a vial against the backdrop of Feb. 5 on a calendar. District officials said they haven’t found any mosquito larvae yet — but it’s not from a lack of searching.

— Karnowski reported from St. Paul, Minnesota, and Borenstein from Kensington, Maryland. Ed White contributed from Detroit and Rick Callahan from Indianapolis.
 

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Globe breaks heat record for 8th straight month. Golfers get to play in Minnesota’s ’lost winter’
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Seth Borenstein And Steve Karnowski
Published Feb 07, 2024 • 4 minute read

ST. PAUL, Minn. — For the eighth straight month in January, Earth was record hot, according to the European climate agency. That was obvious in the northern United States, where about 1,000 people were golfing last month in a snow-starved Minneapolis during what the state is calling “the Lost Winter of 2023-24.”


For the first time, the global temperature pushed past the internationally agreed upon warming threshold for an entire 12-month period, with February 2023 to January 2024 running 2.74 degrees Fahrenheit (1.52 degrees Celsius) hotter than pre-industrial levels, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service of the European Space Agency. That’s the highest 12-month global temperature average on record, Copernicus reported.


The globe has broken heat records each month since last June.

January 2024 broke the old record from 2020 for warmest first month of the year by 0.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.12 degrees Celsius) and was 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.66 degrees Celsius) warmer than the late 1800s, the base for temperatures before the burning of fossil fuels. Even though it was record hot in January, the level above normal was lower than the previous six months, according to Copernicus data.


Climate scientists blame a combination of human-caused warming from the burning of fossil fuels and a natural but temporary El Nino warming of parts of the Pacific, saying greenhouse gases have a much bigger role than nature. This is the time of year that El Nino warming often peaks, said Texas A&M University climate scientist Andrew Dessler.

“This is both disturbing and not disturbing. After all, if you stick your finger in a light socket and get shocked, it’s bad news, sure, but what did you expect?” Dessler said.

Just because the globe exceeded the 1.5-degree warming threshold for 12 months, that’s not what scientists mean by reaching the warming limit of 1.5 degrees, said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, co-author of a United Nations science report about the harms of exceeding more than 1.5 degrees. The 1.5-degree limit, adopted by the 2015 Paris climate agreement, is more about 30-year averages.


“These are much more than numbers, ranks and records — they translate to real impacts on our farms, families and communities from unprecedented heat, changing growing seasons and rising sea levels,” said North Carolina State Climatologist Kathie Dello.

International Falls, a Minnesota city on the Canadian border that proudly bills itself as the “icebox of the nation,” recorded its first-ever 50-degree high for January on Jan. 31, when the temperature hit 53 Fahrenheit (11.7 Celsius). Minneapolis has already set a record for the number of 50-degree days for a winter.

About 70% of the Minnesota currently has bare ground, with most of the state so far getting less than 25% of normal snowfall.

Authorities have rescued dozens of ice anglers from normally solid northern Minnesota lakes after ice floes broke off and carried them along. The annual Art Shanty Projects festival on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis in January had to be cut short due to open water and unsafe ice.


The Montgomery National Golf Club, about 72 kilometres south of Minneapolis, should be blanketed under a thick layer of snow this time of year. Instead, it’s doing a booming business.

“We did about a thousand golfers in January. If we had had just one golfer, that would have been a record,” owner Greg McKush said. “After today, we will have had about a thousand golfers for February, which is unheard of.”

McKush said he reopened two Saturdays ago and figures he might be able to stay open all winter if temperatures continue to reach at least into the 40s.

It seems like the fairways are trying to green up, he said, and a lot of the frost has come out of the ground. Most golfers are telling him conditions are “better than expected.”


In Wisconsin, fourth in the U.S. in maple syrup production, the mild winter weather prompted many farms in the state’s northern and central regions to begin tapping their trees in mid-January — up to two months earlier than normal, depending on the area, said Theresa Baroun, executive director of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association.

“There’s a wide range of the state that are tapped and cooking syrup already. It’s very unusual. This is one of the most abnormal weather patterns for starting out the maple season we’ve seen,” she said Wednesday. “For maple trees to run, it needs to be freezing at night, above freezing during the day. And this weather has been perfect for the maple trees to run.”

Baroun, whose family has about 1,200 maple trees at their Maple Sweet Dairy in De Pere, Wisconsin, just south of Green Bay, said the farm began cooking sap this week and that’s the earliest her family can remember since production began in 1964.


The February sturgeon season on Michigan’s Black Lake was canceled for the first time due to lack of ice for safe fishing.

At Isle Royal National Park, an island in Lake Superior between Michigan, Minnesota and Canada, scientists couldn’t conduct their annual wolf and moose count because the ice was so weak they couldn’t land ski-planes on it to get there.

One of the stranger consequences has been the early emergence of ticks. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in Minnesota reported its first deer tick of 2024 on Monday, posting a creepy photo on social media of a tick in a vial against the backdrop of Feb. 5 on a calendar. District officials said they haven’t found any mosquito larvae yet — but it’s not from a lack of searching.

— Karnowski reported from St. Paul, Minnesota, and Borenstein from Kensington, Maryland. Ed White contributed from Detroit and Rick Callahan from Indianapolis.
They instant they say -29 is hotter than -30....
 
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