“The Telegraph’s” Boris Johnson, London’s Mayor, puts his personal observations about the recent winters in the UK, into a column titled, “It’s snowing, and it really feels like the start of an ice age.”
“I say all this because I am sitting here staring through the window at the flowerpot and the bashed-up barbecue, and I am starting to think this series of winters is not a coincidence. The snow on the flowerpot, since I have been staring, has got about an inch thicker. The barbecue is all but invisible.
“By my calculations, this is now the fifth year in a row that we have had an unusual amount of snow; and by unusual I mean snow of a kind that I don’t remember from my childhood: snow that comes one day, and then sticks around for a couple of days, followed by more.”
Could it be the sun?
“It is time to consult once again the learned astrophysicist, Piers Corbyn.
“Now Piers has a very good record of forecasting the weather. He has been bang on about these cold winters. Like JMW Turner and the Aztecs he thinks we should be paying more attention to the Sun. According to Piers, global temperature depends not on concentrations of CO2 but on the mood of our celestial orb.
“It might be time for government to start taking seriously the possibility — however remote — that Corbyn is right. If he is, that will have big implications for agriculture, tourism, transport, aviation policy and the economy as a whole. Of course it still seems a bit nuts to talk of the encroachment of a mini ice age.
“But it doesn’t seem as nuts as it did five years ago. I look at the snowy waste outside, and I have an open mind.”
– Boris Johnson
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