Emily Langer

World gets hot and bothered

Think global warming is wrecking the world? You haven't heard the half of it. Climate change is bad news for everything from Bulgarian brothels to baseball bats to beer — or so some people and news outlets would have you believe.

"(T)he future of the ash tree is in doubt because of a killer beetle and a warming climate, and with it, the complicated relationship of the baseball player to his bat." New York Times article about ash trees, whose wood is used to make baseball bats, July 2007

"Beer will be (in) short supply, more expensive and may taste different as climate change affects barley production, a scientist says." News.com.au, an Australian Web site, April 2008

"Climate change could be about to claim a new victim — the fashion industry. Designers and industry experts fear that the traditional seasonal collections which have formed the backbone of the business may become meaningless due to (the) increasing unpredictability of the weather." Daily Telegraph, October 2007

"Brothel owners in Bulgaria are blaming global warming for staff shortages. They claim their best girls are working in ski resorts because a lack of snow has forced tourists to seek other pleasures." Metro, a British newspaper, March 2007

"More Americans are likely to suffer from kidney stones in the coming years as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of Texas." Agence France-Presse, July 2008

"Climatic changes could lead to more outbreaks of bubonic plague among human populations, a study suggests." BBC News, August 2006

"Global warming has added an extra layer of anxiety to what people are already feeling." Sandy Shulmire, psychologist and ecopsychology practitioner, quoted in the New York Times, February 2008

That last one, come to think of it, isn't so far-fetched. Looking for more reasons to worry? The Web site www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm keeps tabs on hundreds of anxiety-inducing articles about the warming world.

World gets hot and bothered 08/04/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 2:01pm]

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