The end of the world just got serious.

Global warming, we are told, has taken its toll on the world’s most fabulous fungus.

On the eve of the winter solstice, as the Mayan calendar ran out, the NY Times reported that yields of that most pungent fungus, the black diamond itself, the $1,200 per pound Périgord truffle is in decline and it’s your fault!

According to the Times:

A team of scientists writing in the British journal Nature says that part of that decline appears to be linked to climate change. They found that the French and Spanish black truffle harvest correlated closely with summer rains, and that the truffle habitat had suffered over the last few decades from hotter summers and less precipitation. That trend is expected to continue, according to most climate models.

NOAA glotal temp 1880 2010How sensitive this fungus must be!  After all, the temperature data the UN’s IPCC relies on from NOAA shows only .74 degrees of warming  over the entire second half of the 20th century and the UK’s Met Office data shows no warming for the last 16 years.  So if they’ve had some dry weather in the south of France and the oaks and hazelnuts have indeed entered into competition with the truffles for rainfall, who’s to blame?  Is it you, with your greedy free market prosperity, automobiles, refrigeration, electronics, heating and air conditioning?  Let’s give freedom a pass. You’ve had about as much power over rainfall in France as the Mayan calendar did today to end the world.

Mayan Calendar 12 21 2012You’d have to have drunk deeply of the global warming Kool-Aid to conclude that the French dry spell was caused by a global temperature increase that hasn’t even managed a full degree.  Even that little, almost three quarters of a degree increase may turn out to be less than reported due to siting problems with temperature recording stations.

Let’s remind those who have fallen into line with the IPCC’s scariest end of times predictions, that politically correct UN science is based on computer models of future temperature increases.  Any substantial climate effects have yet to occur.  Three quarters of a degree is extremely stable and well within the bounds of natural variation.  Attributing storms, droughts, pestilence, floods, or any other plagues of such biblical proportions as a fall off in fancy mushroom yields, occurring right now, today, to global warming is propaganda.  It is unworthy of any serious scientific publication.  It is not worthy of the New York Times, falling a good deal short of  “news that is fit to print.”

Truffle pigHas anyone, we wonder, given much thought to potential economic reasons for the fall off in black truffle yields?  “The truffle market,” the Times notes, is “notoriously opaque, with just one family-owned company, Urbani Tartufi, based in Spoleto, Italy, controlling about three-quarters of the truffle trade.”  Could it be that with the French tax burden high enough to drive iconic French actor Gérard Depardieu to surrender his French passport and flee to Belgium, that those with pigs sniffing $1,200 per pound mushrooms out of the ground might not be reporting every last ounce of fungus they find to the authorities?

Ever since Al Gore and the rest ramped up the warming scare, the media has published a steady stream of prejudiced press releases from radical NGOs as though they were scientific fact.  Yes, “prejudice,” as in  “occurs without… knowing or examining the facts.”  This type of unscientific publication does a disservice to the public whenever it appears in the media.  When it shows up in scientific journals it is worse.

Marc Morano of CFACT’s Climate Depot news and information service recently released a very timely report which does a thorough job of debunking the false link between climate change and extreme weather.  It is time for the media to stop reporting shallow climate scare stories as fact.  For starters the media must acknowledge that climate and weather are not the same.

Bart Simpson Blackboard climate and weather are not the same

The world didn’t end today, but maybe the Mayans gave us a substantial enough portion of apocalypse to sate us for a while.  We survived the Mayans, Y2K, Harold Camping, medieval fears of the year 1,000 and the rest.  We’ll even somehow weather the black truffle scare of 2012.  Let’s call on the media to make a New Year’s resolution for 2013 to stop scaring the public with climate propaganda stories and start showing us some respect.


The UK’s Number Watch has compiled quite a list of things beyond black truffles that an irresponsible media has attributed to that .74 degrees (or less) of global warming.

AIDS, Afghan poppies destroyed, African holocaust, aged deaths, poppies more potent, Africa devastated,  Africa in conflict, African aid threatenedaggressive weeds, Air France crash, air pockets, air pressure changesairport farewells virtual, airport malaria, Agulhas current, Alaskan towns slowly destroyed, Al Qaeda and Taliban Being Helped, allergy increase, allergy season longer, alligators in the Thames, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream endamphibians breeding earlier (or not)anaphylactic reactions to bee stingsancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, animals shrinkAntarctic grass flourishes, Antarctic ice grows, Antarctic ice shrinks, Antarctic sea life at risk,   anxiety treatment, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic ice free, Arctic ice melt faster, Arctic lakes disappearArctic tundra lost, Arctic warming (not), a rose by any other name smells of nothing, asteroid strike risk, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty,   atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increasedBaghdad snow, Bahrain under waterbananas grow, barbarisation, bats decline beer and bread prices to soar, beer betterbeer worse, beetle infestation, beef shortagebet for $10,000, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billion homeless, billions face risk, billions of deathsbird loss accelerating, bird populations dying, bird strikes, bird visitors drop, birds confused, birds decline (Wales), birds driven north, birds face longer migrations, birds on long migrations threatenedbirds return early, birds shrink(Aus), birds shrink (USA), bittern boom ends, blackbirds stop singing, blackbirds threatened, Black Hawk downblizzards, blood contaminated, blue mussels return, borders redrawnbluetongue, brains shrink, brewers droop, bridge collapse (Minneapolis), Britain one big city, Britain SiberianBritain’s bananas, British monsoonbrothels struggle, brown Ireland, bubonic plagueBuddhist temple threatenedbuilding collapse, building season extension, bushfires,   butterflies move northbutterflies reeling, butterfly saved, carbon crimes, caribou decline, Cambodian sex trade fuelled, camel deathscancer, cancer deaths in England, cannibalismcataracts, cats more amorous, caterpillar biomass shift, cave paintings threatenedchagas disease, childhood insomnia, children’s mental health, chocolate shortage, Cholera, circumcision in decline, cirrus disappearance, civil unrest, cloud increaseclownfish get lost, coast beauty spots lost, cockroach migration, cod go south,  coffee threatened, coffee berry borer, coffee berry disease, cold climate creatures survivecold spells, cold spells (Australia), colder waters  (Long Island), cold wave (India), cold weather (world), cold winters, computer models, conferences, conflict, conflict with Russiaconsumers foot the bill, coral bleaching, coral fish suffer, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow, coral reefs shrinkcoral reefs twilightcost of trillions, cougar attackscrabgrass menace cradle of civilisation threatened, creatures move uphill, crime increase, crocodile sex, crocodiles driven from water, crops devastated, crop failures increase, cross-breeding, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, cryptococcal disease, curriculum changecyclones (Australia),   damselflies forced back to UK, danger to kid’s healthDarfur, Dartford Warbler plaguedaylight increase, deadly virus outbreaks, death rate increase (US), death rate drop, deaths to reach 6 million, decades of progress at risk, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, depression, desert advancedesert retreatdestruction of the environmentdig sites threatened,  disasters, diseases move north, diving reefs closed, dog diseasedozen deadly diseasesor not, drought,    ducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn beltdust doublesearlier pollen seasonEarth axis tilt, Earth biodiversity crisis, Earth crumbling, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing downEarth spins faster, Earth to explode, earth upside downearthquakes, earthquakes redux, El Niño intensification, end of the world as we know it, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, English villages lost, equality threatened, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing,  eutrophication, everyplace hit hardest, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (apes, human, civilisation, koalaslizards logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod,  penguins, pikas, polar bears,   possumswalrus,  tigerstoadsturtles, pandaspenguins, plants, ladybirds, rhinoceros, salmon, troutwild flowers, woodlicea million species, half of all animal and plant speciesmountain speciesnot polar bears, barrier reef, leaches, salamanders, tropical insects, flowers) experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, fading fall foliagefamine, farmers benefit, farmers go under, farm output boostfarming soil declinefashion disaster, fever, figurehead sacked, fir cone bonanza, fires fanned in Nepal, fish bigger, fish catches drop, fish downsize,   fish deaf,  fish feminised, fish get lost, fish head north, fish lopsided, fish shrinkingfish stocks at risk, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, flesh eating disease, flies on Everestflood patterns change, floods,  floods of beaches and cities, flood of migrants, flood preparation for crisis, flora dispersed, Florida economic decline, flowers in peril, flowers wilt, flying squirrels move up, fog increase in San Francisco, fog decrease in San Francisco, food poisoningfood prices rise, food prices soar, food production increasedfood safety affected, food security threat (SA)football team migration,   forest decline, forest expansion, foundations threatened, foundations increase grants, frog with extra heads, frosts, frostbite, frost damage increased,   fungi fruitful, fungi invasion, fungi rot the world, games change, Garden of Eden wilts, geese decline in Hampshire, genetic changes, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, geysers imperiled, giant icebergs (Australia), giant icebergs (Arctic), giant oysters invade,  giant pythons invade, giant squid migrate, gingerbread houses collapse, glacial earthquakes, glacial retreat,   glacier grows (California), glaciers on Snowden, glacier wrapped, glass melts, global coolingglowing cloudsgolf course to drown, golf Masters wrecked, grain output drop (China), grain output stagnating (India), grandstanding, grasslands wetter, gravity shiftGreat Barrier Reef 95% deadgreat tits cope, greening of the NorthGrey whales lose weight, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, haggis threatened, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome,    harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, health affected, health of children harmed, health risks, health risks (even more), heart deaths, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes (Australia), heat waves, hedgehogs bald, hibernation affected,   hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too latehomeless 50 million, home runs, hornets,  human development faces unprecedented reversal, human fertility reduced, human health risk, human race oblivion, human rights violations, hurricaneshurricane reduction, hurricanes fewer, hurricanes more intense, hurricanes nothydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, hyphthermia deaths, ice age, ice hockey extinct, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, icebergsice sheet tipping pointillegal immigration, illness and death, inclement weather, India drowning, infrastructure failure (Canada)indigestion, industry threatened, infectious diseases,  inflation in China, insect explosion, insect invasion, insurance premium rises, Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, invasion of alien worms, invasion of Antarctic aliensinvasion of Asian carp, invasion of cane toadsinvasion of caterpillarsinvasion of catsinvasion of crabgrass, invasion of herons, invasion of jellyfish, invasion of king crabs, invasion of lampreys, invasion of midges, invasion of pine beetles, invasion of rats (China)invasion of slugs island disappears, islands sinking, Italy robbed of pasta, itchier poison ivy, Japan’s cherry blossom threatenedjellyfish explosion, jets fall from skyKew Gardens taxed, kidney stones, killer cornflakes, killing us, kitten boom, koalas leaves inedible, koalas under threat, krill decline lake empties, lake shrinking and growing, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, large trees decline, lawsuits increaselawsuit successful,  lawyers’ income increased (surprise surprise!)lawyers want more, legionnaires’ surge lives lost, lizards super intelligent, lives saved, lobsters growLoch Ness monster dead, locust plagues suppressed, low oxygen zones threaten sea life, lush growth in rain forests,  Lyme diseaseMajor vegetation shiftsMalaria,   Malaria declinemalnutrition, mammoth dung melt, mammoth ivory bonanza, manatees battle, mango harvest fails, Maple production advanced, Maple syrup shortage, marmots fatter, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, Meaching (end of the world), Meat eating to stop, Mediterranean rises, megacryometeors, Melanoma, Melanoma decline, mental health decline, mental illness, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, methane runaway, melting permafrost, Mexican climate migrant flood, Middle Kingdom convulses, migrationmigratory birds huge losses, microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, milk production lost, minorities hit, monkeys at riskmonkeys on the move, Mont Blanc grows, monuments imperiled, moose dying, more bad air days,   more research neededmortality increased, mosquitoes adapting, mountain (Everest) shrinking,  mountaineers fears,  mountains break up, mountains green and flowering,   mountains taller,