Wouldn't it be funny if global warming were the answer to murder hornets?
This post is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but not entirely. The defense that honeybees have against the murder hornet suggests (at least to me) that a warming world might spell the murder hornets' end.
The premise for this post is the fact that leftists insist that global warming is responsible for everything wrong in the world. By now we're all familiar with the most obvious bad things global warming is responsible for: "We're all going to die. And the polar bears will, too."
However, there are other bad things laid to rest at the changing climate's feet:
- More killer climate events, such as hurricanes, except in those years when we have fewer killer climate events, such as hurricanes.
- Shortened nightingale wings.
- Female farmers in Africa will have fewer crops.
- Women and girls who have to get water will have a harder time (never mind that this theoretical global warming, by melting glaciers, will release more water into the environment).
- The general expectation of food shortages will hit women and girls first because men are piggies.
- Floods will happen more often, and women and girls will die first.
- We'll see both rising and falling lakes, which are always bad, no matter what.
- More turbulent flights.
- The Great Barrier Reef will be destroyed.
- People's sex lives will be worse.
The above is just the short list. We are told with certainty that, based on those always reliable models (I'm being sarcastic), everything wrong will happen because of the Earth's warming. Those who say this don't know their history.
Europe had a warming period from 950 A.D. through around 1250 A.D. It was a great deal for Europe. There was more water and a longer growing season, so the population grew.
However, by 1250 A.D., the Little Ice Age set in. The growing season shrank, and famine took hold, something that was not helped by the incessant war between England and France.
When the Mongol Empire moved toward Europe, the combination of war and climate change meant that both Mongol warriors and traders ended up traveling through regions with plague-infected marmots. Eventually, the marmots' fleas hitched rides on black rats in Europe.
The Black Death that these fleas carried would have been explosive under any circumstances, but it was especially dangerous to a population weakened by famine and warfare. This led to the most devastating pandemic in human history. When the plague ended, between a third to a half of the world's population was gone.
Knowing history as I do, it's been clear that warmth is generally good for humans. This has always made the "global warming panic" strange to me. Warm or cold, though, humans can learn to adapt to any climate.
Animals, however, aren't always so adaptable. As this fascinating video shows, the murder hornet that's currently exciting the media now that they can't scare us with the Wuhan virus is temperature-sensitive:
Ok, this may be the coolest video ever. Murder hornets defeated! https://t.co/AvmJ5oGS3r— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 6, 2020
Maybe I'm the only one to have this thought but, after watching the video, it occurred to me that a warmer climate might be just the thing to stop those heat-sensitive murder hornets. Wouldn't it be great if, after the failure of all the gloom-and-doom predictions from the climate apocalypse crowd, a little bit of global warming destroyed those nasty murder hornets?