Climate crisis: recent European droughts ‘worst in 2,000 years’

It is no wonder that we have climate warming skeptics when you read articles such as this in The Guardian written by their Environment editor Damian Carrington. He details a study from Cambridge University which claims that heatwaves and droughts in Europe since 2014 are the most extreme in the last 2,000 years. The study bases this on evidence of tree rings from just 147 Oak trees found in Bavaria and the Czech Republic. The scientists conducting this study have ruled out it being due to the solar cycle or volcanic dust and think it maybe caused by small changes in the Earth’s orbit. If that wasn’t enough to convince you that we are in a climate crisis Damian has helpfully added a final paragraph about it also being responsible for the wettest day in the UK on the third of October last year. The Met Office reckon that extreme wet days like this will be ten times more frequent by 2100. Hopefully increased wet days like this will help cancel out the more frequent heatwaves and drought found in the study led by Prof Ulf Büntgen at Cambridge University.

2 thoughts on “Climate crisis: recent European droughts ‘worst in 2,000 years’”

  1. Home many oak tree would be enough? Are you saying there is no such thing as a ‘representative sample’? Have you done any tree ring studies?

    1. Hi Peter

      I don’t think 147 Oak trees found in Bavaria and the Czech Republic can be in anyway representative of Europe as a whole, maybe of central Europe.
      Although Europe is the second smallest continent it’s still nearly 4 million square miles and over 4,000 km from north to south.
      I haven’t done any tree ring studies recently but we do do have three great western red cedars in the garden that are over a 100 feet high and well over 100 years old.
      I don’t mind people having different opinions than I have but on this particular topic you’re on thin ice.
      If you don’t like what I write about in my blog I suggest you unsubscribe and find another one about climate and weather that’s more to your taste.

      Bruce.

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