December 11, 2011
Warming World Brings More Shrubbery

You know which terrors of the forest are going to support global warming.

Scientists have used satellite data from NASA-built Landsat missions to confirm that more than 20 years of warming temperatures in northern Quebec, Canada, have resulted in an increase in the amount and extent of shrubs and grasses.

This is great news for The Knights Who Say "Ni!"

But I fear more shrubbery will just lead to more demands for shrubbery.

Update: What if the knights who say "Ni!" expand in number in a hotter future world? What if shrubbery just encourages them to expand their ranks? What then? Why isn't this debated? Why don't we hear about this danger? Why the cover-up?

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 December 11 09:46 PM  Climate Biodiversity

Comments said at December 16, 2011 1:49 PM:

All along, it has seemed that if a warming trend exists, as reported, and if it continues, as often predicted, we may reasonably expect northern North America, Greenland, northern Europe, northern Russia, and perhaps coastal Antarctica to become greener and more habitable. The benefits to human beings of a warmer Earth seem so great that the relentless negativity regarding the possibility of a warmer Earth has come to seem to be strong evidence of tacit partisan and private interests at work, shaping the public counsels regarding the Americans' national response to forecasts of global warming.

Randall Parker said at December 16, 2011 8:24 PM:,

It all seems very complicated to me. Too complicated for me to grasp in the limited amount of time I have to think about it. Starve a tundra, feed a desert? I don't know. But more shrubbery is certainly something I'm capable of grasping. My fear: The Knights who say "Ni!" will expand into vast legions. We could be looking at a future world where it is unsafe to travel.

Steve Funk said at December 20, 2011 9:06 AM:

Quebec City and Montreal look awfully close to sea level. Maybe the rest of the province can assimilate all of the coastal refugees, then find room for refugees from the American southwest, and north Africa.

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