Spring is definitely not in a hurry to get here. Today the temperature finally got above 50 degrees, but just barely; it isn’t expected to reach 70 until Monday. In the morning it is still below freezing, and I feel enough of a chill indoors to wear a jacket and have some tea. The odd part is that we have had only a few clouds this week, so you would expect the sunshine to have more of an effect than this.
Outside, the grass is a little greener, but most of the springtime flowers haven’t appeared yet. Bulbs like daffodils and hyacinths always lead the way (they come up in March), and there is some forsythia visible, but that’s it. In past years the first week of April was the peak of the spring flower show, especially with the ornamental pears along the streets of my neighborhood, but they’re not ready yet; maybe their buds will open next week. What a change from last year’s early March show!
Earlier this week I read that worldwide demand for paper, and the production of it, is down. Way down. Enough that if global warming exists, this may have an effect on it. Therefore I added the following paragraph to my essay on global warming. Quote:
Back in 2005, 68 percent of the lumber harvested around the world went into making paper. By 2012, that portion had dropped to less than 30 percent. Why? Because we don’t need as much paper as we did just a few years ago. Instead of reading newspapers, magazines and books, a lot of people now get all information and entertainment electronically, thanks to websites, blogs, and reading devices like Kindles, Nooks and iPads. And you’re probably getting less mail in your real-world mailbox, now that advertisements come in your e-mail and you can pay your bills online. Thus, the trees that would have been used for all that printed matter have been spared from the chainsaw. Now those trees are doing their part to remove carbon dioxide; the reduced demand for paper also means that paper factories are spewing less CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. Of course the printed media industry is suffering in these lean times, with many publications closing altogether. Because many of the people employed by the media are true believers in global warming (e.g., National Geographic has to mention it in every issue), they ought to take comfort in knowing that their sacrifice has slowed the rate of warming, or even reversed it. If I live to see a new ice age, I will thank them for it!
Unquote: I’m still a global warming skeptic, but now I’m wondering if we’re seeing an effect of our change from printed to electronic media already.