Thursday, 27 January 2011

Something in the Wind

There is something in the wind. The winds of change or, more precisely, the winds of climate change.

The newly crowned (do you say crowned? and is he a republican?) Australian of the year Simon McKeon thinks that Climate Change (nee Anthropogenic Global Warming) has caused the winds to evaporate.

Mr McKeon is a famed sailor. In 1993 on his sailboat YPE he established the 500 metre world record. Although it was beaten in 2004 by a windsurfer, his record still stands for a C Class Cat.

McKeon, the recently appointed Chairman of Australia's CSIRO, therefore should know something about winds. The Age reported in 2008:
"In the last few years, that wind has … evaporated," Mr McKeon says.
This observation helped convince him to begin minimising carbon emissions.

He obviously hadn't studied this report:

Global warming increasing the dispersal of flora in Northern forests

As a result of stronger winds caused by global warming, seeds and pollen are being carried over longer distances. An increase in temperature of only a couple of degrees may increase the dispersal of plants in Northern forests and the spread of plant species into forest clearings after felling or forest fires. 

and here's some-one else who hadn't read that report. The Jerusalem Post reports that