And so it begins. With all the shamelessness of a Goldman Sachser trading in his middle-aged wife for a hot, pouting twentysomething called Ivanka, the green movement is ditching “Climate Change”. The newer, younger, sexier model’s name? Biodiversity. (Mega hat tips to: Hilary Ostrov and Ozboy at Libertygibbet)What have we here? From PA today
When I say shameless, I’m talking so amoral it makes the Whore of Babylon look like Mother Theresa; so flagrant it makes Al Gore’s, ahem, alleged drunken “Love poodle” assault on the Portland Masseuse look like an especially delicate passage from Andreas Capellanus’s The Art of Courtly Love.
A "deadly duo" of invasive species and climate change could cost countries 10% of GDP through damage to activities ranging from agriculture to recreation, it was claimed today.There is a cure of course but only iof we first realise the seriousness of the situation,
Sarah Simons, executive director of the Global Invasive Species Programme, said: "The dangers posed by this 'deadly duo' cannot be overestimated.Whats that? It cannot be overestimeted. Well I think you are a tad wrong there my love. Everything can be overestimated. I reckon 15 people will read my blog post. Bingo, an overstimation. Indeed the entire industy of panic and fear is built on the inexact science of overestimation. Lets have a look in your case,
The report said the estimated damage caused by invasive species, which have a negative impact on native wildlife, landscapes and even - as in the case of Japanese knotweed in the UK - buildings and infrastructure, was around 1.4 trillion US dollars (GBP890 billion) a year, or around 5% of global GDP.Now how on earth can you makle a finacial estimate of this sort. The finacial cost to native wildlife? How much money has it cost the red squirrel. How many jobs were lost when Squirrel Nutkin was evicted by his ugly American cousin? Think how much the taxpayer had to shell out to find Nutkin a new home? Oh come off it.
But as Dellers pointed out we have conflation of Climate Change and Biodiversity to make us quake in our beds,
Each driver poses an enormous threat to biodiversity and human livelihoods but now, evidence is rapidly emerging which shows that climate change is compounding the already devastating effects of invasive species, resulting in a downward spiral with increasingly dire consequences."