Skip to comments.New USDA plant zones clearly show climate change
Posted on 01/28/2012 9:02:55 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
Planting zones are retreating north all over the country, but the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) wont state the obvious: the shift is a rock solid indicator of climate change.
Although these zones, which serve as a guide to the kinds of plants that can grow, have shifted north in most areas, USDA shied away from making a climate change connection.
The map is not a good instrument for determining climate change, said Kim Kaplan, a spokeswoman for the USDAs Agricultural Research Service. Its not that there hasnt been global climate change its that the map isnt a good (vehicle) for demonstrating it.
USDAs line of reasoning in perplexing. Climate data are used in USDAs analysis and the northward jog in planting zones is fully consistent with other data and indicators that establish warming of the coldest temperatures in the U.S. (and most locations globally).
Reporting for the Associated Press, Seth Borenstein spoke with David Wolfe, a professor of plant and soil ecology at Cornell, who agreed USDA is being too cautious in laying off the climate change connection.
At a time when the normal climate has become a moving target, this revision of the hardiness zone map gives us a clear picture of the new normal, Wolfe said.
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He’s always with us in spirit, isn’t he?
I knew this was coming.
It has been a warm winter in southern Michigan but its only one winter.
They don't like you and I disagreeing with them!!!
Unless these ‘zones’ are actual scientific measurements of temperature, humidity, rainfall, etc. then they are just conjecture of what some bureacratic thinks (or is told to think) about what is possible... not worth considering elsewise.
And last year we had record lows in NM and it has been a wet winter with more snow than we’ve seen in decades.
Seems to me that whenever the warmists start trying to capitalize on a given, current weather situation, there’s a big snowstorm. So, dig out your snow shovels, lol.
What’s with claiming all cyclical variations in temperature as anthropogenic global warming, anyway? Are they really that lacking in knowledge of historical trends, or do they believe us to be? I haven’t been on this earth five decades yet and recall several periods of snowy winters as well as several periods of warm, snowless winters. It comes and goes in this part of the upper south, always has.
The only planet with an unchanging climate is a dead planet.
The struggle is about the cause.
The totalitarians want to control everything.
The last 12 huge climate change cycles happened before man became something other than another living thing on earth.
But this ongoing (minor) cycle is caused by man.
I think they just added and refined the zone definitions.
I know we have had a warmer winter, but I also remember as a child wearing a tshirt and shorts outside on Christmas.
Sometimes our Mardi Gras is freezing sometimes balmy.
The new maps are much more detailed than the old.
More places are warmer but some places are cooler- even on what one naturally assumes was the most favorable map for their thesis that they could find.
Journalists are not taught the meaning of ‘precision’.\ Hard words are for geeks LOL!
Instead journalists learn to conflate: “climate change” and “man-made climate change”.
It must be the old "garbage in, garbage out" model problem.
The model will only put out results based upon what is put in.
Her statement indicates she knows that as well.
As a northerner, I fail to see a great downside to global warming.
I can live with a longer growing season and without ice fishing.
I was watching a show about the Sahara desert the other day. The geological record shows that it becomes a lush grassland every 20,000 years like clockwork. Scientists believe its due to the wobble of the earth’s axis.
They have no shame.
Every single person here on FR can “DRAW A MAP”.
The biggest difference from anything coming out of Obama’s regime of minions would be the effort to make it really accurate would come from the Freepers.
I hate to point this out to them but here we have always felt the zone was wrong for as long as I can remember.
These same ‘experts’ re-drew the food pyramid, also.
I don’t believe anything coming out of Obama’s minions.
They redraw a map to change climate zones...doesn’t make it so. I could do the same and show I have beach front property...doesn’t make it so.
Whenever anyone points to drastically cooler winters like the last two were in much of the country, global warming zealots are quick to discount this saying weather is not climate. Yet when is there an unusually warm winter such as this year it is touted as absolute proof of global warming
Amen to the record NM lows. Here in Las Cruces, we had THREE SUB Zero nights. So much for global warming.
My grandmother who blamed any changes in the weather because we put men on the moon. She also made forecasst based on how badly the bunion on her toe ached.
Makes sense to me.
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