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No, events like Storm Barra are not a result of climate change

As soon as I heard that there was to be a significant storm passing over Ireland, I immediately had one thought: “I bet groups like the Greens will try to link this to man-made climate change somehow.”

And as sure as night follows day, our salad-eating friends did not disappoint.

First thing this morning, Climate Minister Eamon Ryan took to RTÉ to say that “The weather is getting stormier due to climate change,” adding that “For several years there have been several storms – this is a bad one.”

Now, when Ryan says this, you know he’s not talking about natural climate change. Basically everyone accepts that the climate changes over time – this is not controversial.

For example, if you’re reading this in Ireland, 130,000 odd years ago the place you’re sitting would have been covered by a glacier around a kilometre thick. Now it’s not. Ergo, over the millenia, the climate in Ireland has changed.

Basically nobody disputes this – it’s self-evident and a matter of common sense.

What Ryan is talking about, however, is man made climate change, as this is his party’s raison d’être. His contention is that mankind’s burning of fossil fuels is the leading cause of this climate change, and therefore leading to storms like Barra.

But is this accurate?

Well, let’s consult RTÉ – the same RTÉ which is partnered with a climate activist group called Covering Climate Now.

I pick RTÉ as a source because the State broadcaster hardly leans towards “climate skepticism” – quite the opposite. If anything, they’re climate obsessed.

They’re so climate-focused, that their managing director recently issued a grovelling formal apology to the general public for not linking certain weather events to climate change and promised to do so in future. These are not exactly die-hard climate skeptics.

And yet what does RTÉ say about recent storminess?

Well, let’s consult an article written by Dr. Lisa Orme, palaeoclimatologist and Geography Lecturer at Maynooth University. She also works with ICARUS, the Irish Climate Research and Analysis Unit.

“We know about recent decadal changes in storminess by looking at weather measurements taken since the late 19th century. These tell us that there have been some decades, such as the 1910s-1920s and 1980s-1990s, which have had many more severe storms than others.”

Orme outlines how one of the main causes of high storminess during these times was North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO).

Basically, in a nutshell, when there is a significant difference in air pressure between Iceland and the Azores, Northern Europe is hit by strong storms.

The air pressure varies from year to year and decade to decade, and can cause some periods to be very stormy, and others to be less stormy. It goes up and down depending on the air pressure, and has been far worse than what we’re seeing now, even before the industrial revolution.

As Orme said:

“Going further back in time, there is evidence for storms of greater intensity than we have seen in recent years. The period from 1400 to 1850 AD is known as the Little Ice Age because there were colder conditions in Europe, but this was also a time of more intense storms. For example, sand dunes in Northern Ireland became less stable as a result of greater wind disturbance.

One of the severest storms of the late Little Ice Age took place in 1839 and has become known as The Night of the Big Wind. This storm caused destruction across Ireland, with buildings damaged and destroyed, up to 300 people killed and 42 ships wrecked. The huge waves produced by the storm launched boulders on the Aran Islands onto clifftops 30 metres high where they remain today. As such, it is considered to be the worst storm in the last 300 years.”

Note that this was happening from the year 1400 onwards – before a single factory was built or car driven. Man-made carbon emissions have absolutely zilch to do with it.

Orme concludes:

“From looking at past climate, we see that storminess in Ireland has varied over decades, centuries and millennia, posing challenges to human populations and altering ecosystems.”

In other words, what we knew already: the climate has always changed radically, long before human beings even existed. Extreme weather events have always happened around the globe and are commonplace, whether human beings intervene or not.

This attempt to pin any weather that’s even remotely outside the norm on “climate change” has zero rooting in science. It is the knee-jerk reaction of activists and green politicians desperate to confirm their beliefs and vindicate their movement, regardless of what the historical records say.

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