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Monday, November 11, 2002

Mangoes, olive trees and bananas growing wild in the south of England? That's what's in store 80 years from now, according to a new study on changing global climate conditions.

Two things: It's sort of amusing, in a way, how matter-of-factly this news item is presented. It's not in panic mode, as you might expect over such a drastic atmospheric change. It puts forward the findings in a ho-hum sort of way, and even proposes that it's just something that people will adapt to (especially garden growers). Weird.

The other thing is, isn't this in a similar vein to other forecasts that have predicted huge changes in climate, only to turn out to be bunk later? I mean, the doomsayers in the 70s were predicting that pollution levels would bring about poisonous oceans and dirty air so bad that gasmasks would be required equipment on a daily basis. I doubt I'll still be around 80 years from now, but even so, I'll reserve my panic until a time when I see this sort of thing come about.