One Of Our Hemispheres Is Missing!

By NoTricksZone guest writer Ed Caryl

The earth’s southern hemisphere is now in the winter season, and it is proving to be a severe one. There have been many deaths of people, animals, fish, and crops. But you haven’t heard about that from the northern hemisphere media.

As far as the media is concerned, there is no southern hemisphere. All the media coverage is about fires in Russia, Arctic ice melting, glaciers calving icebergs, heat waves on the U. S. east coast, and other “weather” occurrences up north. So let me bring you up to date on the highlights from down south.

June 17, 2010, “500 African penguins freeze to death in South Africa”.“Nearly 500 rare African Penguins have died in the past 24 hours as a result of extremely cold weather in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.” Here

July 19, 2010, “South Africa, Freezing Cold destroys several 100 (sic) Solar Thermal Systems”. Here

August 5, 2010, Snow in Brazil, below zero Celsius in the River Plate and tropical fish frozen”. Here.

August 6, 2010, “Chilly in Chile: South America Hit by Cold Snap”. Here, Here, and Here
Temperatures in eastern Bolivia fell to 0° Celsius. Fish in rivers that normally flow at 20° C froze to death in water temperatures down to 6° C. Millions of fish, turtles, reptiles, and birds have died, the river waters are undrinkable, and the government closed them to fishing for at least a year. Normally these winter cold snaps last for a few days at a time. This “Surazos” (a cold wind from Argentina) lasted for 8 days.

The total death toll among people and animals across Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and southern Brazil is rising. A meter of snow across Patagonia and along the Andes is hampering communications. Many people have died across southern South America, and the livestock toll is in the millions. True numbers won’t be known until the snow melts.

Citrus and avocado crops in Chile have been damaged by frosts, and fruit exports may be reduced by 40%.

August 9, 2010, “Australians shiver through the coldest winter morning in 30 years.”
“Sydney was blanketed in frost on Wednesday as the city shivered through the coldest June morning in nearly 30 years, with temperatures at just 4C (39F).” Here

Meanwhile, the Southern Ocean ice cover is 1.3 million square kilometers above the mean value (1979 to 2008, since measurements began), and growing. This balances out the Arctic ice cover, giving us a global ice cover of almost 20 million square kilometers. See WUWT Ice Page Here.

These reports are from local sources. The mainstream media rule seems to be “If it doesn’t support our agenda, don’t report it.” For their practical purposes, the globe stops at the equator. Not only do they shut out scientific dissent, but also the cold hard facts from half the globe.

15 responses to “One Of Our Hemispheres Is Missing!”

  1. R. de Haan

    Official climate forecasts produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), are wrong, useless and dangerous
    Government Weather Forecasting: A Corrupted Waste Of Time And Money
    By Dr. Timothy Ball
    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/26475

    Reply: We have to keep repeating the truth. Eventually someone will believe it. Good piece! -PG

  2. R. de Haan

    “One of our Hemispheres is missing”
    Right. And the weather/climate events on the other Hemisphere are hyped and fiddled with.

    Read: When saving the planet, you have to streeeetch the truth.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/08/12/when-saving-the-planet-you-have-to-streeeetch-the-truth/

  3. Peter
  4. sdcougar

    Here is ANOTHER story that we need to send to the PBS Ombudsman and again ask WHY we hear no such news on our government funded, donations funded TV station.

    http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/feedback.html

    When you see articles re: censored news reporting like this on key issues, post this link and ask others to respond.

  5. Richard C

    There have only been snippets reported in New Zealand print media: an article covering the state of emergency in Peru due to cold related deaths appeared in the largest fishwrap (NZ Herald) but only two sentence coverage in locals. TV is completely ignorant of the event.

    A local Kiwifruit orchard owner was taken aback when I described the situation to him and the 40% crop loss of Argentinian avocados, oranges and lemons as he was totally unaware from lack of media coverage. He was also stunned to hear of tropical fish, fresh-water dolphin, alligator and tortoise deaths when river temps dropped below the 12 degree C survival thresh-hold in Bolivia. Inland areas of NZ have experienced record lows this winter but orchards have not been adversely hit by frosts.

    Last NH winter, warmist Britain’s design failures and non-existent contingencies for cold weather were exposed e.g. channel tunnel train failure, road grit shortages and unreliable power contribution from wind turbines.

    If an event similar to South America’s were to strike NZ in the March – April Kiwifruit harvest (seems unlikely, but what if the trend for the next 20 yrs is cooling, not warming), the consequences would be dire. The exports now return in excess of NZ$1bn and at peak harvest employs 20,000 people including imported labour and backpackers from Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific Islands mostly.

    Kiwifruit need certain conditions to raise sugar levels, one being temps below 7 degrees C for a period of time – but not frost. There are frost protection systems e.g. fans similar to wind turbines operating in reverse but in case of frost the primary means is the use of a good proportion of NZ’s helicopter fleet flying at low level above the orchards before dawn. Obviously the cost is enormous and prolonged conditions would make the practice prohibitive economically. I recall reports of Florida orchard owners spraying oranges with water to form a protective coating of ice during the cold weather event there last NH winter.

    Problems in NZ’s electricity sector arising from the same scenario do not bear thinking about. The benign climate of the last 30 or so years has lulled the government, generators and grid planners into a false sense of security but even in the recent mild conditions the transmission system is in need of major up-grade, much of which is being carried out but slowly because of landowner protests over line routes. The situation is compounded by the need to move energy north from the South Island and central North Island to the largest city Auckland situated in the north of the North Island well away from hydro and geothermal generation. That could be ameliorated by coal-fired generation locally in Auckland but apart from an aversion to coal it would not be economic in NZ’s market-based electricity supply system.

    Do not be surprised to hear of problems of the nature described in future SH winters in NZ given South America’s need to shut down industry to supply domestic energy demand (gas). Domestic consumers in NZ (elderly,retirees, unemployed, low income) are struggling now to keep warm and pay energy bills and upcoming Goods and Services Tax and Emissions Trading Scheme hikes will worsen the scenario. Small wonder then that there is a steady stream of NZ economic refugees finding the grass greener in coal-fired (and tropical) Australia.

    NZ once had affordable regulated non-profit electricity distribution with prices following the Consumer Price Index (CPI) but a much touted de-regulated market-based system was introduced to remove “inefficiencies” and achieve “lower prices”. The new regimen has failed in its aims and since de-regulation electricity prices have risen by as much as 40% above the CPI and so electricity prices are now a contributor to the CPI and inflation.

    Like many countries, NZ has abundant reserves of coal and it is utilized extensively to raise steam especially in NZ’s major (NZ$4bn+) Dairy Processing industry. China also recognizes and utilizes coal to the extent that it is an essential component of its economic growth so for countries like NZ to shy away from it on the pretext of a non-existent CO2 threat is foolish in the extreme. As an aside, NZ now has the ridiculous situation where the sole dual gas/coal electricity generator (1000Mw) sitting atop a coal field imports its coal feedstock from Indonesia (there is a good reason but I can’t remember what it is – something to do with grade/price).

    If a cooler trend does eventuate, NZ will find itself in the same unprepared state as Britain due to ignorance and a large part of the blame for that is the failure of the media to report scenarios contrary to the warming “consensus”. However, for NZ I am convinced the consequences will be greater.

  6. Ed Caryl

    Richard,
    Thank you for the excellent report. In my research I could find nothing about New Zealand but snow reports. Next year will be more interesting, I’m sure.

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  8. Edward.

    Suppose if the polar bears find it too hot up north, they can catch a berg an’ go south:>))

    On a more serious note PG, the reason for this ignorance is twofold;
    1. Geography is p*** poor in the MSM, especially in the UK (too much dumbing down in the classroom).
    and
    2. ‘Cooling’ don’t fit the meme – that we are all gonna roast in a cataclysmic inferno caused by AGW (or whatever?).

    Ed.

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  10. Clunking Fist

    Richard C, don’t lay all the blame for poor power reserves on deregulation and the free-market; lay some of the blame on the very non-free-market. That is, gummint policies actively promoting stupidity such as wind turbines.

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