Gloom! Doom! Global warming means we’re all screwed!
Ah, forget that. We’re humans, we’re like cockroaches, damn hard to eradicate, coz we adapt1. One adaptation – it’s now warm enough to grow potatoes in Greenland. Given that the entire food supply there is either shipped in or hunted/fished, then a few fresh veggies would go down a treat2.
This is an unequivocably good thing for Greenland, given that their economy consists of subsistence hunting, fishing in over-fished waters, welfare from Denmark, getting screwed over by Denmark, and drinking themselves to death. So hey, more income, more nutrients, less imports, less dependence upon Denmark and more potato vodka. It’s a win all round3.
(Coz I’m a policy wonk, I can’t write anything without a pile of footnotes, so here goes:
1 – Doesn’t mean we’re happy about adapting.
2 – Obviously, the long-term problem for farmers in Greenland isn’t the weather, it’s the dire soil – there isn’t any, just rock ground to sand by glaciers. But that’s solvable, just return whatever organic material you can find to the soil. Give it twenty years of nuturing and she’ll be right.
3 – Now, the real problem for farmers globally is not so much warming, as it is variability. If you know it’ll be two Celcius warmer, fine, plant crops for that. But warming is increasing variability, so farmers will have to deal with more floods, droughts, early or delayed rains or frosts, and that is a problem for global food supply. Hey, Greenland, population 57,000 people, approximately 0.001% of humanity is benefitting, but here’s a global warming feel-good story.)